The Most Common Forklift Accidents That Can Happen in Warehouses
If you operate a forklift in an industrial setting, it is up to you to make sure that accidents don’t happen. Of course, OSHA forklift standards must be followed, and warehouses should have their own set of safety instructions as well. However, sometimes this isn’t always enough to keep everyone safe.
To keep your warehouse or industrial setting safe from forklift accidents, sometimes it’s good to know what accidents are most likely to happen. In general, when proper safety practices and OSHA forklift standards are not paid attention to, these are the three most common types of forklift accidents which may occur:
- Falls from forklifts
- Individuals who are crushed by forklifts
- Pedestrians who are struck by forklifts
- The overturning of forklifts
We will go into the details of these common accidents below.
Crush Injuries and Falls
Falls from forklifts and subsequent crush injuries often happen when a forklift is about to tip over and the driver attempts to jump from the forklift in order to avoid being hurt. When a forklift is about to overturn, however, it is especially important that the driver remain inside the forklift. They should also attempt to keep all of their body parts inside and underneath the protective canopy of the vehicle.
This can be difficult to do as it is innate in humans to attempt to jump from a vehicle that is about to crash or overturn. For this reason, it is essential that seatbelts in forklifts stay fastened as well. Training should also be extremely vigilant, and safety rules should be constantly reinforced in your warehouse.
The absolute best way to ensure that pedestrians are not harmed by your forklifts is to make sure that pedestrians and forklifts never interact with each other. As a rule, you should never allow visitors, pedestrians, contractors, vendors, or employees who are not certified as forklift drivers to come into the path of your forklifts. Furthermore, anyone who does have to go through the paths of forklifts should wear the necessary safety gear, such as reflective material on their jackets and hard hats.
Forklifts may tip over, and this is generally the worst possible thing that can happen to a forklift driver. It may have been that the forklift was driving on a slippery surface or traveling on an uneven or steep slope, or perhaps the lift was too heavily loaded up. Overturning may also occur when a forklift is going around a corner too fast or attempting to go across uneven steps or up onto curbs. Again, it is essential that safety rules are always followed.
In order to prevent accidents such as these, it is absolutely essential that all warehouses and industrial settings where forklifts are used utilize safety rules and always follow OSHA forklift standards.