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Forum: Virtual Coffee Shop: Industry Perspectives
Discussion:  Hazards, Incidents and Accidents
Number of messages: 11

Queensland, Australia
• Welcome this is the “Figures Corner”, you are now sipping coffee with thought leaders, from around the world, who wish to discuss the actual facts and figures …the question on the table is “What are the actual money term costs of incidents and accidents in the worklplace? What are the costs of losses caused by incidents, accidents and accidental damage? How big is the human cost? What is the workplace physical and financial cost? How many people are killed annually? How many are maimed for life? How much production downtime is lost? What is the product loss? What is the bottom line financially?
Can you help with figures from your country?

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Michigan, United States
The official OSHA website gives figures up to 2015 for USA at
I cant see any forklift type figures so can someone lead us to anything that has a breakdown that is Forklift related ?

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Some regional governments such as British Columbia's Safety Council may have local stats. Perhaps someone could canvas possible sources of information and come up with averages. Maybe most Western countries already have statistics as suggested by Maton.

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Fife, United Kingdom
There was an interesting article by the AITT in the latest SHD Logistics magazine - See here to read it all.

A couple of stats/quotes that jumped out at me were:

"Forklift damage is another large contributor to unnecessary costs. It is estimated that truck damage can add as much as 5% to the cost of a standard lease. Across a fleet of trucks you're looking at many thousands of pounds of largely unnecessary costs per year."

"One major supermarket chain spends £3m each year on replacing damaged racking alone. Even a modest improvement to their operationwould amount to significant savings".

As a company that provides tagging and checklist systems to help reduce these risks we receive consistant feedback from customers advising us that their small investment has given them significant savings by spotting faults before they develop into something more serious. It's pretty evident that prevention is the key.

According to the HSE approximately 2,000 accidents and 10 fatalities are reported each year as a result of forklift operation in the United Kingdom. That's around 40 major injuries each week.

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Fife, United Kingdom
This incident also springs to mind as a 'worst case' scenario. We're still waiting for the official report but I suspect that a forklift collision would be the main contributory factor? If you consider the effects of an incident like this then the costs of an accident will be significant - in this case it will relate not only to forklift costs but stock, replacement racking, the cost to rent new premises during repairs, the knock on costs  on reputation, delayed deliveries, loss of business etc. Something like this would be enough to tip a lot of SMEs over the edge and out of business. link to the article

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Pennsylvania, United States
What I have is from 2011 and it is cost based on unintentional injuries at work. It is $188.9 billion dollars in the US only. This does not include the product that is lost. This only includes lost dollars in wage and productivity, medical expenses,administrative expenses,employers uninsured cost,motor vehicle, and fire loss's. These do not include product and warehouse damages which I'm sure would add much more to the final number. A small incident in the warehouse goes a long way further then just that, there are administrative,missed orders and a whole line of issues that will cost your company in the end. ( some data gathered from the National Safety Council report 2011)

Posted 3 Feb 2017 05:41 AM Reply  Report this message
Ontario, Canada

After 10 years of working in distribution centers, I've witnessed first hand the extensive damage to racking. Corners get pounded over and over until the whole rack gets unstable. Many trucks were scrapped after repeated collisions, bending and twisting frames, or metal supports cracking. Most injuries were from ride on pallet trucks. saw a few people crush their ankles, hands or fingers. I know 2 driver's who are disabled for life from a transport driver suddenly pulling away from dock while they were unloading trailer. Counterbalanced truck drove straight out the open trailer onto the ground. Both drivers had permanent brain damage.
To cut damage costs, some customers are installing AVG's. Robotic forklift with no driver, no collisions, no sick time, no smoke breaks.
No job for a driver either!

Posted 6 Feb 2017 00:55 AM Reply  Report this message
Florida, United States
The following excerpts are from a magazine article I read many years ago but the financial thinking still applies today.  Keeping people safe, reducing accidents, reducing damage, reducing downtime, reducing accidents obviously will save any company money. You will not get any argument from management, unions or employees about this.   However, additional investments in safety must be justified like any investment that a company makes be it production machinery, facility improvements, material handling equipment, office equipment, etc. So safety managers must win support for the financial investment in a safety program and must provide management tangible proof of the economic gains the company accrues when it invests in safety equipment and programs.    This can be done with very simple formulas. These are probably the same formulas that we use in our company today to assist our customers with figures that will be suitable to present to their board for decision. Click here for our formula. I hope this helps.

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North Carolina, United States
one thing to also keep in mind with the thought of PIT accidents now versus 1992.  today’s AC powered lift trucks are significantly faster as well.   I am sure that speed is a big factor in PIT accidents.  I mean really 12 MPH in a reach truck...Are you nuts?

Posted 23 Feb 2017 11:07 PM Reply  Report this message
Utter Pradesh, India

yes.  Speed is major factor for accidents . Operator  must always be checked & warn for over speeding .
Ramesh Chauhan

Run forklift on road with 50% of the capacity (LOCKED ) load on fork . (old counter weight) .

Posted 14 Apr 2017 03:25 PM Reply  Report this message
Illinois, United States
The latest edition of the National Safety Council, Injury Facts details injuries, fatalities along with all the costs associated with these. This publication is offered to all Members of the council and is available at

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