Forklifts are extremely dangerous and risky to have in any workplace. This is because they are being used in and around other workers who are walking on foot. Forklifts are heavy, they move quickly and they can crush unsuspecting pedestrians, killing them or causing catastrophic injuries in a heartbeat.
Because of the risks associated with forklift use in workplaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has created strict regulations for training forklift operators and for governing the way forklifts may be used. However, catastrophic accidents still happen, and here are the seven ways they usually do:
California companies with forklifts need to take care to keep their workers safe from injury. If a serious injury or death does happen as a result of a forklift accident, injured parties and family members of deceased workers will be able to pursue workers’ compensation benefits to assist them through their difficulties.
Source: National Forklift Exchange, “7 Most Common Causes of Lift Truck Accidents,” Tom Reddon, accessed Aug. 11, 2017