Common Causes of Forklift Accidents

Forklift WarningUnfortunately, accidents do happen. We can reduce the numbers of forklift accidents with more focus, proper training, and adherence to rules and regulations.

There are some commonalities among many forklift accidents and we want to outline some of the most common causes in this blog. Hopefully by sharing these common causes of forklift accidents, we can help raise awareness and prevent possible problems down the road.

  • Forklift Malfunctions – Performing a pre-shift inspection helps ensure that the forklift is safe to operate. By completing a visual inspection for leaks and damage and an operational test for lights, steering and brakes, unscheduled downtime and potential accidents can be avoided.
  • Inadequate Operator Training – Only trained forklift operators should be allowed to drive equipment. Drivers should have the proper training and pass a competency test to successfully demonstrate what they have learned. Not only are their lives at stake, but so are the other employees who work at a facility.
  • Poor Operator Habits – Even with the proper training some employees may neglect to follow safety guidelines. Managers must enforce rules such as use of seatbelts, safe travel speeds, proper load levels while traveling and never allowing riders on any part of the forklift.

The forklift is an excellent tool for your warehouse.  These three common causes of accidents are easily avoidable and focus in these areas can save money, lost time and lives.

If you have any questions or need forklift operator training, service training, or aerial training, the experts at Lift Incorporated can help! Feel free to contact us through the number above or any of our social channels to get into one of our training classes.