In the news this week:
An elderly lady leaving a nail salon was struck by a forklift in the parking lot of a Fairway Foods grocery store. The forklift’s operator was moving boxes at the time of the accident. The lady died.
An employee at Publix in Florida was operating a forklift in the distribution center when he made a turn at a corner and did not see a pallet on the floor. Attempting to avoid hitting the pallet, he spun the steering handle sharply, throwing him off the forklift. He was crushed by the forklift.
A worker in Wales fell from a wooden pallet on a forklift. He had been repairing the side of a truck, when his co-worker lowered him the forklift jolted and sent him tumbling to the ground. He broke both heels. The company was fined $30,000 for not planning safe work and failing to provide adequate supervision.
Another UK company was punished recently after a worker suffered a fractured skull when falling from the forks of a forklift.
Here is a message to employers and supervisors – train your people and supervise them. All of these accidents are avoidable.