A man was killed Monday morning in a forklift accident in Seattle's Central District, according to Seattle Fire officials.
The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. at 26th Avenue East and East John Street.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a man pinned underneath a forklift. Medics pronounced the man dead the the scene.
Officials said the man was a construction delivery driver and was unloading pallets of pavers on a steep incline. The incident remains under investigation.
Forklift Accidents Can Be Fatal
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are about 85 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries each year, with 42 percent of the forklift fatalities from the operator's being crushed by a tipping vehicle.
OSHA has strict guidelines for forklift use, including:
- All forklifts shall meet design requirements as set forth in the American National Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks
- All trucks shall not be modified without the manufacturer's written approval
- Counterweighting forklifts shall not be done unless approved by the manufacturer
- All operators must be at least 18 or older to drive a forklift
- Employers are required to develop and implement a training program for forklifts and lift trucks
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