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.
Workplace safety and mining officials were hopeful last year that 2013 was going to mark a safer year for miners in the U.S. Mining is an economic staple in this country and in Oklahoma specifically. As important as mining is to the market, employers must make safety even more important.