Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fatal Forklift Accident

Two laborers and a forklift driver were staking 40-foot-long I-beams in preparation for for structural steel erection. One laborer was placing a 2 X 4 inch wooden spacer on the last I-beam on the stack. The forklift driver drove up to the stack with another I-beam that was not secured or blocked on the forklift tines. The I-beam fell from the tines, pining the laborer between the fallen I beam and the stack of beams.

As a result of its investigation, OSHA issued citations for two serious violations of OSHA standards.

The employer must:

  1. Instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and regulations applicable to the work environment to control or eliminate any hazards. In accordance with OSHA Regulations 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2).
  2. Ensure that proper personal equipment (employee did not wear a seat belt while operating the fork lift) is worn in all operations where there is exposure to hazardous conditions, in accordance with 29 CFR 1926.28(a)
  3. Ensure that powered industrial trucks(forklifts) have loads that are stable and secure and that persons are not allowed too close to the elevated portions, in accordance with 29 CFR 1926.602(c)(1)(vi).
  4. Ensure that the employer initiates and maintains a safety and health program, in accordance with 29 CFR 1926.20(b)(2)
For more information about forklift operator safety training, please visit this link:
Forklift Operator Safety Training for OSHA Compliance


  1. Excellent post! Your accident prevention recommendations are very effective and every employee from the field of heavy duty vehicle must realize the risk of safety.

  2. Great post! These are the important instructions that every employer must follow to prevent the risk of the accidents. After all, the safety of the employees is the responsibility of the Industry owner.