9 Surprising Forklift Statistics
Forklifts are found all across the world; wherever there’s a need for moving heavy loads, organizing goods or transporting merchandise, you’ll find a forklift nearby. Because they’re such an integral part of everyday commerce, it’s useful to review a few forklift figures. Unless you’re an industry expert or “forklift geek,” it’s a pretty good bet you didn’t know the following 9 forklift statistics.
- Sales are staggering. In 2013, the top 20 forklift manufacturers posted sales of $30.4 billion USD.
- Accidents are aplenty. Unfortunately, forklift accidents still occur too often. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates roughly 85 fatal accidents yearly, along with close to 35,000 injuries.
- The forklift family tree extends far and wide. There are over 20 different types of forklift designs, from the standard design to sideloaders, Flexi Trucks, telescopic handlers and many others.
- Over a million forklifts are “born” annually. The 20 forklift manufacturers alone produced over 944,000 forklifts in 2013.
- Forklifts come in practically any price imaginable. They cost anywhere from $15,000 to over $150,000. Much like the automobile market, there’s a style and design for everyone.
- They recently turned 100 years old. The modern forklift’s “forefather” were battery-powered platform trucks used by the Pennsylvania Railroad for moving luggage. Yep, necessity has always been the mother of invention.
- There’s a one in ten chance a random forklift will be involved in an accident this year.
- Roughly one in six of all U.S. fatalities in the workplace are forklift-related. (Hey, we never said all these statistics would be good news!)
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