Forklifts are widely used in many industries. Warehouses, distribution centers, production facilities, and construction sites use forklifts to complete numerous tasks primarily moving heavy and large products.
Since they are used so often (OSHA estimates there are 1.5 million lift operators in the United States) and are often used to move heavy objects, they are a constant danger to all workers on the job site. The operators, bystanders, and pedestrians are all at risk of injury in an area with forklift traffic.
According to OSHA, there is an estimated 97,000 injuries (35,000 serious and 62,000 non-serious) involving forklifts that occur annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 96 U.S. workers were killed in incidents involving forklifts in 2015. The most common types of forklift related fatalities are overturns and struck-by incidents.