This case involves an individual who was injured by an electronic pallet jack while on the job. Allegedly, the pallet jack was set up in a way that was inappropriate for the job at hand, which caused a dangerous situation for the employee who was tasked with using it. As a result of the mistakes allegedly make by warehouse employees in setting up the jack for the plaintiff, a wider investigation of training received by the warehouse’s employees was also initiated.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. What is your familiarity with motorized hand trucks?
2. What is your familiarity with safety protocols and training for warehouse employees?
3. When training a new employee, how important is it to ensure that the settings on the lift are configured correctly?
Expert Witness Response E-008406
I am very familiar with electric pallet jacks, and have worked as an expert in several cases involving injuries caused by accidents using electric pallet jacks. In addition, I can provide a summary of previous case work involving all forklift types class 1-7. I am also very familiar with OSHA 1910.178 & ANSI/ITSDF B56.1, which covers design, training, operation and maintenance of powered industrial trucks. In case of a new employee, the hand tool should always be used at a lower setting and at lower power.
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