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