Keeping Safe around Forklifts
Accidents involving forklifts are not unusual for workers using forklifts in confined spaces. When such an accident occurs, the injuries can often be very serious or fatal because of the sheer weight and size of forklifts.
In the U.S. each day, there are over a million forklifts in use. According to one study, over 90,000 injuries per year occur in the U.S. involving forklifts. In addition to those injured, about 100 people are killed each year in forklift-related accidents.
New technologies are continually being developed to help make forklifts safer to use. Some of those technologies include alarms for forklifts that can warn of movement and infrared beams that sweep the forklifts area when its moving.
In addition to installing new safety technologies, forklift owners or operators should be knowledgeable about forklift safety practices, such as:
- Its a violation of federal law for anyone under the age of 18 or anyone over the age of 18 whos not trained in safety procedures to operate a forklift.
- Before driving a forklift, do a pre-use inspection. During the inspection, check for signs of sparks, overheating, tire pressure, controls working smoothly, leaks, and braking or steering issues.
- Make sure that the surface on which you are driving the forklift is smooth and is capable of supporting the load.
- Keep a safe distance from other forklifts.
- Dont allow anyone to walk or stand underneath elevated forks.
- Make sure everything stacked on the forklift is safe and secure.
- Maintain control of your forklift at all times, and operate it only while you are in the seat.
Have you been injured in a forklift accident? If so, you may have a cause of action. Contact Donald Sjaarda, California personal injury attorney, at 714-963-8216 to learn more about obtaining compensation for your forklift injuries.
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