Forklift truck accidents frequently cause catastrophic, life-altering injuries. But the risk is not just to forklift truck drivers. As many as two-thirds of forklift accidents – at least in some areas – involve pedestrians or otherwise innocent bystanders. Many forklift claims involve: caught limbs, running over pedestrians’ feet, and entering or exiting the vehicle improperly.
Here are some disconcerting forklift accident statistics:
- OSHA’s statistics indicate that forklifts are involved in about 68,000 accidents each year, resulting in 95,000 injuries
- 10% of forklifts are involved in an accident
- Two-thirds of all forklifts in use will be involved in some sort of accident during the life of the forklift
- Operator training can improve forklift truck performance by approximately 70 percent.
I could go on but you get the idea: forklifts = dangerous. But it goes without saying that many forklift accidents are caused by or result in serious injuries as the result of defective forklift design. Since it is known that this product is extremely dangerous, it is imperative that forklift truck makers anticipate potential accidents and plan accordingly.