Why are forklift safety rules critical for the warehousing industry? Forklifts cause 85 deaths and 34,900 serious injuries every year. And the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) says that up 25% result from inadequate training. Always make sure your forklift operators know these important guidelines before handing over the keys.
There are numerous dangers associated with forklifts that pose a potential threat to warehouse workers. Here are eight common forklift hazards and tips for mitigating them, according to OSHA.
1. Getting in and out of the vehicle – It's easy for forklift operators to fall or hit their head on the cage when they are entering or exiting. Important rules to remember include:
2. Starting and Stopping – Starting and stopping a forklift can potentially harm the driver and pedestrians if the driver is not careful. Important rules to remember include:
3. Driving – Driving too fast can lead to collisions and cause the vehicle to tip over. Rules to remember include:
4. Steering and turning – Steering and turning can cause the forklift to tip over. Important rules to remember include:
5. Driving on inclines – Driving on an incline requires extra caution. Important rules to remember include:
6. Parking – An improperly parked forklift runs the risk of being hit or rolling into pedestrians or objects. Important rules to remember include:
7. Visibility – Visibility issues can also cause dangerous accidents. Important rules to remember include:
8. Tipping over – A forklift tipping over has the potential to crush employees. 42% of all forklift fatalities are caused by the vehicle tipping over and crushing someone. In the event a forklift you are driving tips over:
Did you know that there are 23,000 on the job injuries every day, in the United States alone? Or that damage from forklift collisions often requires multiple, expensive repairs?
Download this guide to learn about ways to prevent these incidents and the consequences of failing to act.