Monday, November 2, 2009

Umm... Oops?

Don't text while forklifting.


pygalgia said...

Wow! That is exactly what you don't want to do with a forklift. I spent 16 years operating forklifts, and am too aware of the amount of destructive force they have. If I ever go back to training operators, I'll be using that video as an instructive example.

Lockwood said...

Pygalgia- funny, I never thought of the idea of "forklift drivers' school," though of course there must be such a thing. Just to be clear, I have no evidence or even suggestion that this driver was actually texting... just seemed like a funny, topical excuse for this accident.

I have added the "education" label to this post. ',D

pygalgia said...

Certification is required to operate a forklift in many states (including Arizona), and most industrial insurers require OSHA compliant certification before they'll insure warehouses that use forklifts, so, yes, training is required.
As an aside, CNN reported that this operator was "under the influence" of alcohol at the time of the accident.

pygalgia said...

Added: I carry in my wallet my state "certified forklift operators license", and it looks a lot like a drivers license.
I'm certified as an instructor by both the state and fed's OSHA.
But I'm not working in the field currently.