Forklift operators need to understand all the potential hazards to perform their jobs in a safe and appropriate manner and prevent accidents and injuries—to themselves or other workers.
Today, we'll focus on four issues that frequently lead to forklift accidents, injuries, and damage:
Forklift attachments such as carton clamps, drum clamps, paper-roll clamps, rotators, and push-pull elements can affect the capacity of a forklift in a number of ways, including:
Most accidents with forklifts involve pedestrians. The most obvious causes of accidents involving pedestrians include:
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Some forklift hazards are caused by the conditions present in the environment where the forklift is operating. For example:
There are many other possible hazards of a particular work environment that might cause a forklift accident. These include pits or openings in the floor, congested or narrow workspaces, and the presence of flammable and combustible material.
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Load-carrying hazards include:
Tomorrow, we'll continue to spotlight forklift safety and discuss forklift inspections.
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