Most Oklahoma workers are covered by the workers' compensation insurance fund. They, along with their families, likely find comfort in knowing that they will receive financial aid in the event of a workplace injury. However, because it is human nature to think such misfortune only happens to others, many injured workers are unprepared and uninformed as to how to proceed after suffering injuries on the job.
Following up on our blog post about a tragic fatal forklift accident on Oct. 3 ("Forklift accident causes death of 2, workplace injury to 1"), a look at safety procedures may be appropriate. Statistics show that the number of forklift accidents per year may be as many as 35,000, and accident investigations usually indicate that most workplace injuries could have been avoided. While Oklahoma workers commonly rely on company owners to provide safe workplace surroundings, they may benefit from being fully aware of the imminent dangers posed by working on and around forklifts.
Operators of forklifts in Oklahoma may not always realize how dangerous their jobs are. It is vital that proper training is provided for any workers who perform duties on or around a forklift. It is a dangerous machine and could cause a severe, or even fatal workplace injury in an instant.