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Worker dies in overnight forklift accident

Late work hours, insufficient training and employee inexperience are all factors that are known to contribute to Illinois workplace accidents and injuries. It is for that reason that it is the responsibility of employers and worksite managers to ensure that their employees have the necessary training and resources in order to perform their duties safely and effectively at all times. In the event that an employer does not implement proper health or safety measures, employees can be placed at a serious risk of injury or even death in some cases.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration was reportedly investigating a fatal forklift accident that happened at a warehouse in Pontoon Beach recently. Discussing federal training standards, an OSHA representative explained that forklift operators are required to participate in various levels of training prior to using equipment in the workplace. Not only are employers required to provide forklift operators with classroom training, but they are also mandated to train employees on their specific machinery and evaluate operators for operational competency.

It was not stated whether a 19-year-old forklift operator had completed equipment training according to OSHA standards prior to being involved in a workplace accident that took his life. The fatal accident victim was using a forklift to load merchandise onto a truck when the truck driver began to pull the vehicle away, believing that the forklift operator was finished with his task. The movement of the truck caused the forklift to fall, which in turn resulted in the young man hitting his head. The incident occurred a little after 1 AM, and the accident victim was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat, "Man dies in forklift accident at Pontoon Beach warehouse," Joseph Bustos, July 15, 2015

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