Q59 - Forklift Parking Lot Accident

Question:  A forklift is exiting the company parking lot at the same time an employee is turning into the parking lot in his personal vehicle to report to work. There is a terrible blind spot at the entrance. Neither driver sees each other until it is too late and there is a collision. Glass shatters causing a laceration to the driver that requires stitching. Is it recordable?

Answer: NO. This incident meets OSHA 1904.5(b) exception criteria for an injury sustained in the company parking lot at the end of a commute. 1904.5(b)(2) Are there situations where an injury or illness occurs in the work environment and is not considered work-related? Yes, an injury or illness occurring in the work environment that falls under one of the following exceptions is not work-related, and therefore is not recordable.

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