The best way to reduce the risk of forklift accidents is to make sure that your workers have proper forklift training. However, once you get your certification, it’s important to stick to these tips to avoid forklift accidents.
CCOHS has grouped forklift related accidents into 4 areas:
Make sure that you are not using outdated equipment that is not being maintained. Also, workers who have not been trained properly, or under a stress are likely to cause forklift related accidents. Improper assignment of operators and forklifts can also cause problems in the workplace.
Travelling at excessive speeds as well as riding with the elevated load will lead to injuries. Improper turning, braking, parking, accelerating all lead forklift truck accidents. If you give rides on forklifts or load, performs stunts, don’t communicate with the people around – you are setting up yourself for an injury.
According to the CCOHS, heavy loads, loads that block vision and are unstable, poorly stacked loads and pallets in poor condition can create hazardous conditions for the forklift drivers.
Here’s a video on what happens when you do not follow these rules:
Based on CCOHS materials.