OSHA Cites Lumber Manufacturer After Struck-By Incident – Occupational Health and Safety

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An Alabama worker was hit by a forklift and fatally injured last November.

An Alabama company was recently cited for collision risks after a worker was fatally injured.

According to a Press releasein Athens, Alabama, the worker was hit by a forklift as she walked through a lumber shipping yard in November 2021. She was fatally injured.

OSHA cited Sunbelt Forest Products LLC, doing business as Sunbelt Forest Products Corp., for failing to mark paths for forklift operators and allowing workers to walk where they could not be seen by forklift operators forklifts. OSHA also found that the company failed to remove damaged forklifts from rotation, citing errors such as cracked windshields and missing mirrors. The proposed penalties total $53,866.

“A forklift typically weighs between 4,000 and 9,000 pounds and poses a significant risk of serious injury or death to workers who may be struck by this equipment. Employers must take precautions in workplaces that use motorized industrial vehicles to avoid devastating incidents and death,” said OSHA Regional Office Director Ramona Morris in Birmingham, Alabama. in the press release.

Forklift accidents kill dozens of people every year. In 2017, 74 workers died from forklift incidents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That same year, 9,050 workers were injured in forklift accidents.

OSHA forklift safety requirements are outlined in the standard 29 CFR 1910.178. The marine industry has additional standards. For more information and Resources on forklift safety, visit OSHA.gov.

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Alex Saurman is the Occupational Health and Safety Content Editor.

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