This case takes place in Illinois and involves an incident where a male employee was severely injured after being hit by the fork of a forklift at a big-box retailer. The plaintiff was unloading a delivery when another employee drove the forklift into him fork first. The employee drove the forklift through a large set of doors that the plaintiff happened to be walking by at the time of the accident. The forklift immediately ran into the plaintiff, causing extensive injuries from both the impact of the fork and crushing injuries caused by the forklift’s tires. As a result of the injuries he sustained in this accident, the plaintiff can no longer work.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Do you supervise logistics at a big box retailer?
- 2. Do you set protocols and or safety rules for the operation of forklifts?
Expert Witness Response E-008086
I am a Shift Manager at a major big-box retailer. I manage, schedule, and assist in hiring our supervision team, clerical staff, approximately 180 Teamsters, and 135 casual workers. I also direct our equipment maintenance, building maintenance, spotters/drivers, and clean-up crews. Two of the four are outside contracted companies. I manage/supervise the distribution center for all produce, fresh meat, and dairy shipped to every store in our company. I deal with safety rules and protocols on a daily basis for pallet jacks, forklifts, scissor lifts, and tractors. I also assist in training and setting safety rules on the aforementioned equipment. I am certified by OSHA in the “Train the Trainer” program and have operated or managed the operation of this kind of equipment for 18+ years.
Expert Witness Response E-008045
I am very familiar with proper safety protocols for the operation of all material handling equipment and I’d be happy to take a look at this case. I’ve conducted safety training classes for these machines and currently manage a big-box retailer’s distribution and warehouse facility.