UK & Ireland Statistics

The Forklift and associated industries in the UK and Ireland; Worth: £55 billion to the UK economy; People: Employs ~1.7 Million People; Companies: 65,000 Companies.

See also “Forklift Accidents, Prosecutions and Fines” in the UK

USA Statistics

National Safety Council Report 2011 (Found on Notes that the cost based on unintentional injuries at work is US$188.9 Billion pa in the USA only. This figure does not include the product loss or warehouse damage but includes lost dollars in wages and productivity; medical expenses; administrative expenses; employers uninsured cost; Motor vehicle and fire loss.………….

Sources OSHA

Every year hundreds of fatalities occur from forklifts worldwide. Federal OSHA estimates that in the United States alone, there are nearly 100 worker fatalities and another 20,000 seriously injured in forklift-related incidents annually.  According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, •   OSHA estimates that there are 110,000 forklifts accidents each year •   $135 million immediate costs are incurred due to forklift accidents •   Approximately every 3 days, someone in the US is killed in a forklift related accident •   Almost 80% of forklift accidents involved a pedestrian •   1 in 6 of all workplace fatalities in the U.S. are forklift related

Forklifts cause just 1% of industrial accidents, but over 10% of industrial injuries. With a hundred annual deaths and 20,000 serious injuries every year, forklifts tend to be the most dangerous machinery in any industrial operation. Forklift accidents cost employers an average of $48,000 per single work-related disabling injury and $1,390,000 per cost of death, as reported by The National Safety Council.  In addition to those costs, according to OSHA, unsafe working environments can lead to OSHA citations resulting in penalties from $7,000 to $70,000. Approximately every 3 days, someone in the U.S. is killed in a forklift related accident.

In a 2008 report, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) stated that “greater than 50% of . . . 3,000 accidents studied involved a collision between a stand-up forklift and a stationary object, resulting in . . . 700 serious injuries and 22 deaths . . . of operators.”

Australian Statistics

Latest figures at (October 2017) from Safe Work Australia show 120 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2017. Transport, postal and warehousing has once again recorded the highest number of workplace deaths, with 47 fatalities so far this year. Agriculture, forestry and fishing recorded 27 fatalities, construction 23 fatalities, while arts and recreation services reported five deaths. The figures show the manufacturing industry has so far recorded four fatalities. Other industries that have recorded fatalities include electricity, gas, water and waste services (3), public administration and safety (3), mining (2) and accommodation and food services (2). Source Forkliftaction News