Did you know…
That over ¼ of forklift accidents are the result of a lift tipping over, excess loads on a forklift can cause it to be top heavy and in turn tip.
Here are some tips to help with forklift safety for both employers and employees:
- Forklift operators must receive thorough training, evaluation, and testing
- Forklifts must be inspected for safety before each shift
- Operators should always wear seatbelts to prevent being thrown out and crushed if the vehicle falls over. In case of a tipover, the vehicles frame will offer protection.
- An Operator should mnever load a truck beyond its rated capacity
- Make sure the load is secure before moving
- Operators should always watch out for other people on foot. Their visibility may be partially blocked by the load or the vehicle itself.
- Whenever an Operator reaches an intersection or other location where vision is obstructed, they should always slow down and sound the horn.
- An Operator should never drive up to anyone standing in front of a fixed object–even an unloaded forklift can easily weigh twice as much as the average auto and cannot stop quickly. Many accidents are caused by a load or debris falling on a worker.
- Loads should be placed as far back by the mast as possible–not forward–for extra stability.
- No person should be allowed to stand or pass under the forks, whether they are loaded or empty.
- Forklifts do not operate the same as an automobile–most forklifts steer from the rear. This means that the back of the forklift swings wide on a turn.
- Always drive, turn, and stop slowly and smoothly.
- Sudden turns can throw a forklift off balance, especially when it is loaded.
- Operators should slow down on grades, ramps, or inclines. You can prevent forklift accidents–use these forklift safety tips and always follow the safety rules.