Forklift accidents can be avoided

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.