17 Sep The Most Common Forklift Accidents:
According to the statistics and data studied and provided by OSHA, over seventy-percent of all warehouse accidents can be prevented with appropriate training and well-established safety procedures. Now, the most common types of a forklift accident are when one overturns, when a worker is stuck, pinned-beneath, or crushed by a forklift, or when a worker falls from a forklift.
An overturning forklift is a terrifying scenario. And it’s an incredibly dangerous scenario for both the forklift operator and any other worker who’s near the machine when it overturns. One common reaction to an overturn, is for the operator to attempt to leap free from the forklift’s cockpit. Unfortunately, the operator places himself at a greater risk for being pinned beneath or crushed by his or her machine.
While a strike or collision of a person—or property—from the forks or the body of the machine is self-explanatory, for the most part, an injury from falling is oftentimes the easiest to prevent. It’s simple: don’t ride on the forks for any reasons—numerous people every year are injured or even killed when they fall from the forks. And when you either enter or exit a machine, you should follow the appropriate safety procedures.
One of the best ways to prevent forklift accidents, is training. Training is everything. It’s vitally important to the safety of the forklift operator and for those who work near it, that policies are procedure are followed appropriately. And operators should know and understand the capabilities of their machines. If your warehouse has taken the appropriate steps to train each and every employee, then you are on the track to decrease accidents and limit the chances of injury, or, in the worst-case scenario, death due to the improper use of a machine.
If you have any questions about a new or refurbished machine, or would like to speak with the forklift experts about the capabilities of a new machine, then call Anderson Forklift today.