OK, just a very small rant. According to the Oxford Dictionary, “mishap” is defined as “bad luck, or an unlucky event or accident.”
Elizabethtown, KY — , A 24-year-old Metalsa employee was killed early Tuesday morning in a workplace mishap.
Lance Winemiller, 24, of Elizabethtown was struck accidentally by a forklift, Elizabethtown police confirmed in a statement this morning. As a result of injuries sustained, Winemiller was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County coroner’s office. Police were called to the plant on North Black Branch Road just before 3 a.m. today to conduct a death investigation. No other information was immediately available.
There is almost never a week that goes by without a forklift fatality. Forklifts are dangerous. Which is why OSHA has a Powered Industrial Trucks standard, and lots of information on its website, including a handbook, checklist and even a sticker. I
In other words, Lance Winemiller’s death was not a “mishap.” A mishap is when my 1-year-old grandson drops his food dish on the floor.
Lance Winemiller’s death was not “bad luck.” He was not “unlucky.” It was predictable and preventable. And it was a violation of well-recognized safe practices required by OSHA. (And if you don’t like OSHA’s website, a Google search under “forklift safety” will give you more than 46 millions hits in just over half a second.)