National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Pedestrian safety is not an issue to be overlooked. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), close to 20 percent of all forklift accidents involve a pedestrian being struck by the forklift, translating to almost 19,000 people per year
However briefly or frequently people come in the proximity of industrial trucks during the course of their work day, some basic steps should be taken to ensure their safety. One consideration is that pedestrian / forklift accidents often occur in situations where the pedestrian is ignorant of safety precautions, as well as when the pedestrian has become complacent through frequent interaction with forklifts
“Being struck by a moving truck is by far the biggest problem in terms of fatalities, major injuries, and over three day injuries, with a total number of accidents nearly five times greater than any other type of accident” This type of accident accounts for nearly half of all the accidents associated with lift trucks.” - Health and Safety Excutive
According to the US Government data, 36% of fatalities are workers being struck by forklifts ...
With millions of forklifts in operation globally, the risk of injury or death is high as statistics show there is a 1 in 10 chance that a forklift will be involved in an accident per year