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 a 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.