Forklift Training
08 Aug 2018
Delta Materials Handling

Forklift Safety and Ways to Prevent Forklift Accidents | Delta Materials Handling

The United States has become one of the largest lift operators in the world. Forklifts are part of daily business. However, forklift safety has to be taken seriously in order to prevent injuries, product damages or even death.

What are common forklift accidents?

The accident usually depends on the type of forklift. As an example a sit-down, high lift rider truck deals more with fallen loads. They are counterbalanced trucks. This truck can lift a much higher load than a hand truck. Therefore, the load needs to be properly secured and the truck can´t be overloaded. Accidents also occur when when lifts fall between docks and unsecured trailers.

What are common causes for forklift accidents?

The main reason for forklift accidents are poorly trained operators. Obstacles, new inventory, a changing workplace all cause problems for poorly trained workers and can lead to injuries. Some other reasons are:

●      Speeding (mostly overconfident operators)

●      Improper turning

●      Operating a forklift with an elevated load

●      Insufficient markings

●      Lack of proper maintenance of the forklift

●      Poor communication

What are ways to prevent forklift accidents?

To prevent accidents, the best way is to require a safety training. Seminars or training sessions that educate the operators about the capabilities, limitations and responsibilities of the machineries are helpful. Enforcing safety regulations by the manager is another essential standard. To become trained enough to operate a forklift, employees have to pass a certification exam.

The OSHA (Occupational Health and Administration) does require that every forklift operator be trained and certified to operate the powered industrial truck in the workplace, and that the operator's performance be evaluated on the provisions of 1910.178(l)(3) every three years. OSHA requires a three-part training: formal instruction, practical forklift training and the evaluation of  operator´s performance in the workplace. Delta Materials Handling Inc. can help with the first two phases of the training. 

For more information on forklift accidents and how to prevent those accidents check our Delta Materials Handling Inc. website. We also offer forklift training sessions according to the OSHA standard requirements. For more information on Forklift Operator Safety Training, e-mail with Drivers Training Request in the subject line or call Dale Bostian at (901)795-7230 Ext. 347 or (800)228-0492.

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