Appeals Court Upholds Forklift Verdict

February 2, 2009

  • February 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm
    Dan says:
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    The cause of his death wasn’t the forklift, it was the operator’s own stupidity and carelessnessin backing into the wall and getting pinned underneath a shelf where he suffocated to death. This guy was 48 years old and had operated this piece of equipment on numerous previous occasions.

    p.s. the award will be reduced by $2.6M as there is a cap on the loss of companionship in Maine.

  • February 2, 2009 at 1:27 am
    Safety Man says:
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    Outrageous cunduct by the manufacturer. Accident as described is an accident but could have prevented by initial design and lack of later cover-up by manufacturer. We in safety know that loss sources, once idenitified, must be eliminated or the overall cost will be higher than inaction. The manufacturer appears to have chosen the cheap way and to pass the cost, including human suffering, onto others. Throw the book at them…

  • February 2, 2009 at 2:19 am
    Eli says:
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    Why is it that workers NEVER have personal responsibility for their own carelessness, negligence, or stupidity? Even if a safety bulletin had been issued there’s no guarantee the driver would have followed it. This was a mature person familiar with the machine and the surroundings. If it was so dangerous, it would have happened a long time ago.



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