Forklift accidents do not occur very often and are far from the most prevalent destructive occurrences in the workplace. They will however account for quite a large number of injuries, their seriousness varying with each incident. Forklift accidents will usually occur as a result of three primary factors namely:
However safety isn’t always a priority for many such companies, others simply unknowingly finding themselves playing host to one or two elements that could elicit forklift accidents, common considerations including inadequate lighting, blind spots such as bends and corners that make seeing ahead difficult, small aisle width which can restrict the movement of the forklift, etc.
Malfunctions in a forklift’s various facets have proven complicit in the occurrence of many a forklift accident, some of these malfunctions as simple as horns and back-up alarms not being loud enough to alert potential victims of the oncoming vehicle.
While the recommendations might vary, most professionals will agree on a need to enact strict guidelines regarding the qualifications of forklift drivers, either providing proper training or ensuring that all employees without certification steer clear of the operation of forklifts. Emphasis should be placed upon the training of drivers, especially taking into account the different types of forklifts.
It is always advisable to carry out inspections of forklifts before trusting their operation to any given driver. This will include scrutinizing the basic elements of this deadly machine, from the tires (which should be properly inflated) to the wheel nuts (which might come loose), horns, and turn signals.
The operation of the forklift shouldn’t be underestimated, especially the various hazards present during the fitting and balancing of loads. Ascertaining the proper operation of the various elements of the forklift, be it ensuring that the hooks are in their right place or making certain to use the correct attachment for the job at hand can make all the difference in the world. Forklift manuals exist for such situations, to ensure that the tools of the forklift are being utilized as required.
Certainly, it isn’t possible to eliminate forklift accidents from the workplace altogether. But it is possible to reduce the frequency of their occurrence and even eliminate their deadly nature.
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