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Forklift Accidents, Thinking About Prevention.

Forklifts are among the most frequently used pieces of equipment in the workplace, unfortunately this means accidents involving forklifts are common.

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  Forklift Accident Prevention

There are a variety of things that can cause forklift accidents, including a lack of training or inadequate training, carelessness by drivers, improper tools and attachments, and failure to maintain the forklift. Typical accidents involve vehicle tip-overs, which can lead to operator fatalities, and forklifts pinning and crushing individuals against another surface.

Having appropriate safety measures in place is critical to prevent these injuries and reduce the risk of fatalities. Below are a few ways you can avoid serious injuries and hazards when working with forklifts.

Forklifts emit carbon monoxide and must be correctly ventilated. If you drive a forklift in an enclosed area, you should be aware of the increased risk of carbon-monoxide poisoning. Perhaps change to an electric vehicle? There is surely a forklift more suitable to the task and the premises, but don't leave it and forget about it.

Allow your staff plenty of time to park and secure a forklift at the end of the day. This will prevent others from accidentally walking into it. Ensure the forklift is safely parked, tines are flat on the floor, and the key is removed. Leaving keys in mobile plant these days should always be a no-no, the risk of unauthorized use is too high and has seriously negative safety implications. And at the start of the next day or shift? Those pre-shift or morning checks need to be done, so is the vehicle located in a suitable place?

Make sure your staff are correctly trained. Bob 'who has been with you for 40 years and knows his way around a forklift' may not be the best person to train your staff, especially as he's unlikely to have done any training himself. Make sure your training providers are accredited whether or not you are seeking in-house or accredited training. Keep their training up to date. Make sure people in management roles also have training, otherwise how do they know what your staff are doing, right or wrong?

Forklifts can tip over easily if they are improperly loaded. In fact, a large percentage of all forklift accidents occur in this manner. Regular refreshers will remind your staff about the importance of understanding load-centers.

Accidents as the result of driving issues and operating the equipment are perhaps the most common. Loading bays can be areas of serious risk of accidents. Other forklift accidents are due to vision problems and operator error/control issues. Is the layout of your premises conducive to forklifts driving about the place, and what about the impact on pedestrians?

Remember, forklift accidents can happen at any time. By implementing appropriate training and safety measures, you can reduce the risks of forklift accidents and workplace injuries.

Why not give your local forklift training provider a call, they can help you with information and ideas you'd never thought of. They are often bags of knowledge which is not just limited to training. But do it today. Make forklift safety a priority in your workplace.