OSHA Fines Contractor Following Forklift Injury

February 22, 2013

OSHA has cited Global Experience Specialists, a Las Vegas-based tradeshow and exposition contractor, for safety violations following a September 2012 forklift incident that injured a worker at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

A worker from another company severely injured his foot when he was struck by a powered industrial truck operated by a Global Experience Specialist forklift operator. Following the incident Global Experience Specialists failed to train or check the status of the operator.

One willful violation was cited for failing to ensure powered industrial truck operators are trained. Three serious violations were cited for exposing workers to fall hazards during rigging operations and struck by hazards by not ensuring sufficient safe clearance to operate a forklift in aisles, loading docks and through doorways.

The company faces proposed fines of $91,100.