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Common factors that cause a forklift accident

Forklifts are used in many industries for a variety of tasks. While these machines are useful, they can also be dangerous.

A forklift accident can cause serious injury or death. For this reason, those who operate the equipment must be extremely careful at all times.

There are many factors that cause a forklift accident, such as:

-- Lack of training of workers who use the equipment.

-- Poor maintenance.

-- Traveling at excessive speeds and/or making improper maneuvers.

-- Improper warning that a forklift is in use, which could lead to somebody on the ground getting in the way.

-- Attempting to operate the forklift in a narrow space.

-- Obstructions, especially around doors and intersections.

-- Improper or lack of service.

Every forklift accident is avoidable. Here are some of the things that operators and companies can do to prevent accidents with pedestrians:

-- Create designated walkways for pedestrians and forklift traffic, ensuring that the two are never in close proximity.

-- Restrict pedestrians from entering the work area when a forklift is operating.

-- Limit the speed at which the forklift travels.

-- Ensure that the area is well lit and clear of debris at all times.

-- Avoid high traffic areas, such as entrances and exits.

There will always be a need for forklifts in some industries. For example, warehouses use these machines to transport goods from one area to the other.

As a forklift operator or somebody in close proximity to one of these vehicles, it is a must to understand the importance of safety. An accident can happen at any time, which could result in serious injury or death.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts" accessed Mar. 10, 2015

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