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Tragic Forklift Accident Kills Worker in Charlotte, North Carolina (NC)


May 20, 2020

CHARLOTTE, NC- Myfox8.com writes that a tragic incident in North Carolina killed a worker at a distribution center. The worker was at the BIC Corp. in Charlotte when a forklift accident took place. The emergency responders declared the individual dead at the accident site. The company confirmed that a worker had died, but did not explain any further details regarding what had transpired.*

Police are working on the investigation in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

Forklifts present certain dangers to workers. One of the greatest risks is that a forklift turns over. This can occur when the load is not balanced properly, or if the forklift is used higher than is safe. In other instances, the forklift overturns when the driver is on an incline. Forklifts are typically equipped with seatbelts, and in many cases, the operators who suffer injuries are not using that piece of safety equipment. 

Another common cause of forklift accidents is that the forklift strikes another worker who is close to the equipment while it is in use. Victims are also sometimes crushed by forklifts. This can occur because the person falls from the machine and is then run over. About sixteen percent of deadly forklift incidents involve a victim being crushed. 

Every year, thousands of people die in workplace accidents around the country. In 2018, 5,250 workers lost their lives in accidents. This amounts to about 100 work-related deaths every week, or fourteen per day. These instances have dropped significantly over the years. In 1970, about 38 people were killed in workplace incidents each day. OSHA investigates these accidents and can cite workplaces and employers if they find a safety violation. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://myfox8.com/news/north-carolina-worker-dies-in-forklift-accident/

https://ehsdailyadvisor.blr.com/2010/04/5-deadly-forklift-dangers/

https://www.osha.gov/data/commonstats

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