An Unexpected Mistake
Carlos Rosales’ life would never be the same after that day on the jobsite back in January 2012.
The apprentice electrician was 30 feet off the ground, working atop a forklift on a sign for 4Front Engineered Solutions in Pharr. What he didn’t realize was that the forklift was being operated by someone without training, certification or experience.
Suddenly, the forklift began to tip and tragedy struck as Reyes fell to the ground..
The forklift accident left Reyes with a shattered shoulder, a broken hip, fractured spine and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Reyes never expected it to happen, but in reality forklift deaths and injuries are very common, despite tough laws meant to prevent them.
According to OSHA, more than 60,000 injuries are caused by forklifts every year, with more than half of them classified as “serious.” With almost 900,000 forklifts operating in the United States, at least one-tenth of them will be involved in an accident.
If you or someone you love works with or on forklifts, it’s important to know your rights.
Since 1999, OSHA has forced all companies to make sure forklift operators are trained and certified — but according to studies, a lack of enforcement isn’t stemming the tragic trend