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One Injured in Forklift Accident at European Grantite and Marble in Jamesburg, New Jersey


JAMESBURG, NJ — One man was taken to the hospital after a major forklift accident that happened in Jamesburg, New Jersey on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014. The news report said that the accident happened at about 8:00 Wednesday morning.

Right now, police think that an unidentified 30-year-old man was hurt when the he was pinned in his seat after the forklift he was operating seemingly failed while in use. The accident happened at European Granite & Marble Group. It is not clear if the worker was hoisting anything at the time of the accident, but the lift of the forklift collapsed backwards onto the operators compartment.

The man was taken by EMS personnel to a nearby hospital where he was being treated for critical injuries.

The Jamesburg Police and representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the accident.

Scene of the Accident

 

Commentary:

Just looking at the photos of the accident, it seems to me that the forklift sustained some kind of structural failure, specifically the lift, or mast of the forklift. Was the forklift overloaded, or was there a problem with the design of the lift? Now, the media doesn’t really talk about industrial equipment recalls, but we see stories of automobile recalls all the time. Do you really think its plausible that only the automotive industry releases defective products? Absolutely not. The only problem is, with a recall, accidents have to happen before a manufacturer takes notice. If this is one such accident, bringing it to attention could prevent this thing from happening again, in addition to putting the forklift manufacturer in the position to take responsibility for the damages their product caused.

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