Forklifts are used for a variety of tasks. These machines are useful but they can also be dangerous. Forklift accidents are a common construction site accident. It can cause serious injuries or death. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), around 85 deaths from forklift accidents are reported each year. Understanding the common factors that lead to forklift accidents can create a safe work environment. The following are common factors of forklift accidents:
Inexperienced and Poorly Trained Drivers
Improper training, inexperienced and overworked forklift operators can increase the risk of forklift accidents. Drivers should be trained on how to respond to the changing workplace.
Poor maintenance can lead to mechanical problems making the vehicle unsafe. Services and repairs need to be done regularly to keep the forklift in good working condition.
Failure to Provide Adequate Supervision
Failure to provide adequate supervision by the company can be another factor in forklift accidents. It is important to incorporate a comprehensive certification process involving driving assessment, reflex test, etc.
Driving the forklift at high speed can shorten the driver’s reaction time leading to an accident. Below 5 miles per hour is recommended by OSHA.
Loads that are Too Heavy
Attempting to carry loads that are too heavy or unstable can also present a hazard.
Operating forklifts with an elevated load is another cause of an accident. OSHA regulations encourage drivers to carry loads approximately 4 inches from the floor, which is as near to the ground as possible.
When a forklift is without a load, improper turning can cause an accident as forklifts usually balance heavy loads.
Insufficient Warnings and Markings
Insufficient warnings and markings at workplaces with both foot and forklift traffic can cause accidents. Warnings and markings are an absolute necessity in forklift zones for people to watch out for heavy machinery.
Too many tasks performed at a time.
A cluttered area filled with obstacles.
Poorly lit work area.
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