Safety is imperative when you are working with forklifts and other machinery. It goes without saying that you always want to take as many precautions as possible to make sure you and your employees are safe. That’s why we want to share with you the leading causes of forklift accidents.
Safety Solutions & Supply is here to help raise awareness of accident prevention.
Common Causes of Forklift Accidents
- Improperly Trained Drivers
Knowing your surroundings and staying focused are very important to the safe operation of a forklift. This comes with proper training and discipline. If not done properly, injuries are more likely to occur.
- Not Following the Speed Limit
Driving slowly gives you more time to think and react. This is necessary when you consider the fact that forklifts tend to swing during turns because of the weight distribution. If you drive too quickly, you risk causing the vehicle to roll over and injure you or those around you.
- Not Knowing Your Machine
It’s important to know the weight capacity of the vehicle you’re operating. When you operate with an elevated or oversized load, you risk the chance of injury. OSHA encourages operators to carry loads as close to the ground as possible.
- Poor Judgment
Always evaluate a situation before you attempt it. If you think a load might be too heavy or unstable, don’t hesitate to take a moment to double check. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. There is always another option that doesn’t include injury or vehicle damage.
Know your facility and the space you have to work with. The design of your workplace can be dangerous if you have minimal space to operate. When you know the space you have to work with, you will better operate the forklift and maintain the safety of others around you.
Safety should always come first, and we here at Safety Solutions & Supply are proud to offer different training services. If you’re looking for safety class for your employees or have any questions, we can help! Call us today at 866-537-2262.
Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860