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Industry Dynamics


Forklift accident statistics

Counts:552    Time: 20-08-28    From: Suzhou Teknect Engineering Co., Ltd.

The numbers tell the story about forklift accidents. Here are forklift accident statistics that we found around the web:

  • There are roughly 85 forklift deaths and 34,900 serious injuries each year due to forklift accidents (data from 2007), according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • 42% of the forklift fatalities are caused by forklift driver being crushed by a lift truck that tips over.
  • The safest place for a forklift operator to be during an accident is strapped into the seat with their seatbelt fastened.
  • In the United States, approximately one person is killed in a forklift accident every 3 days on average. Most deaths occur when a forklift operator jumps from a lift truck that is rolling over.
  • Forklift roll-overs represent around 25% of forklift-related deaths. This is the leading cause of death involving lift trucks.
  • According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the three most common types of forklift injuries happen when: 1) A forklift rolls or overturns. 2) Workers are hit, struck, crushed or pinned by a forklift. 3) A warehouse worker falls from a forklift.
  • Roughly 1/4 of injuries in warehouses occur on the loading dock.
  • Of the approximately 850,000 forklifts in the United States, 11% will be involved in some form of accident. For more forklift accident statistics and data: See this infographic.
  • In 2015, there were 225,534 forklifts sold in the U.S.  That is based on all classes, excluding exports. (Source: MHI)
  • Non-serious injuries related to forklift accidents are 61,800 each year. (Source: Article) This would include bumps, collisions and with structures such as racking, where asset and rack protector technology is installed to minimize damage and injury.
  • Forklifts are responsible for only 1% of all warehouse or factory accidents. However, the accidents are more serious than other types of accidents.
  • Forklift accidents account for 10% of all physical injuries in the workplace.
  • Non-serious injuries related to forklift accidents reach 61,800 each year in the USA.
  • If forklift-operating companies deployed more stringent training policies, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) says that about approximatetly 70% of forklift accidents in the US could be prevented.