Based on reports from the National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities Surveillance System, 100 people die each year because of forklift accidents. A forklift injury can be serious or even fatal so it’s essential that you know and follow the safety precautions of this machine.
Training is a critical part of protecting yourself when using forklifts. Some companies provide strict guidelines for the operation of a forklift, while others allow workers to use this industrial truck without any certification. However, it’s always best to understand how to drive a forklift and the risks involved before potentially putting yourself in danger.
If you plan to do any kind of work with a forklift, a safety inspection must be performed. This includes checking the tire inflation and making sure the wheel nuts are tight and secure. The horn and turn signals must also be in working order as well.
Since there are several types of attachments available, it’s crucial that you know the correct parts to use so that you don’t wind up with a forklift injury. The wrong attachment could cause a dropped load or a tip over to occur, which could harm you and anyone nearby.
Balancing your load is also very important. Each forklift has different weight requirements, and you should know this information and heed it before packing anything on the forklift.
Your employer should make these safety precautions mandatory to avoid injury. When your employer hasn’t provided this information and made sure the safety procedures are followed, you may be able to pursue worker’s compensation.
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