Forklift rollovers are not freak accidents

by on October 1, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

A friend of a worker killed in a forklift accident commented online that it was a “freak accident.” Kind words from loved ones are normal after a tragedy.

Safety directors have a different job: They know forklifts don’t roll over without reason. Most likely, it’s one of these three:

(1) outside distraction, such as avoiding a pedestrian or other industrial truck
(2) mechanical failure, or
(3) driver error, such as unbalanced loads or improper cornering.

Matthew Courtright, 27, of Escondido, CA, a brewer at Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, was killed Aug. 24 around 5 p.m. when his forklift rolled. He was driving the forklift at the time, and the accident occurred in a way that he ended up under the industrial truck. He was crushed and transported toa local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Friends reported Courtright was an avid home brewer, which led him to work for Stone Brewing Co. The company shut down operations and tours for a day out of respect and is conducting an investigation.

Bottom line: Industrial truck training and safety compliance prevents tragedies.

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