Forklifts are essential in various industries in Oklahoma and across the country. Unfortunately, the dangers posed by these vehicles do not always receive the necessary attention. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, and providing adequate safety training forms a part of that responsibility. However, lives continue to be lost in preventable workplace accidents.
A forklift accident that claimed the life of a 32-year-old construction worker in another state underscores the hazards posed by these machines. Reportedly, the man was operating the forklift on a construction site. During an attempt to lower a pallet loaded with steel beams from a tractor-trailer, the forklift pitched to one side, ejecting him from the machine.