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Jaime Hayes Forklifts February 22nd, 2018 - 13:06:16
Consider the following statistics: 18% of forklift accidents are from employees and other bystanders being stuck with forklifts 14% of forklift accidents happen when they are used to lift people 7% of forklift accidents result from being accidentally driven off of loading docks or in an area that is unsafe for proper use 7% of forklift accidents result from improper maintenance 3% of forklift accidents happen because the operator loses control and improper use (Statistics courtesy of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) These statistics can be attributed to a variety of factors including: Lack of Proper Training: Many forklift drivers have not received proper training to operate the equipment. This can lead to drivers parking in inappropriate spots backing up or turning without following safety guidelines and not being able to properly communicate with others near the forklift.
Even with all of these guidelines in place and plenty of training programs available employers are not required to take part. That being said employers who do not follow OSHAs guidelines run the risk of opening themselves up to liability claims and lawsuits should an employee become injured from a forklift accident. Some states even allow injured employees to seek damages beyond those provided by workers compensation benefits. This means that the employer who failed to verify a safe workplace could be held accountable as well as the forklift manufacturer and any subcontractors or owner of the jobsite property. If you or someone you know has been injured from a forklift accident it is important that you seek the advice of a personal injury attorney who specializes in the area of construction accidents. You may be entitled to receive monetary damages for your injuries and a skilled attorney will help you to assess the validity of your case.
Lack of Proper Maintenance: Failing to service the major components of the forklift such as the steering brakes hydraulic parts or the transmission can lead to an accident. Unreasonable Work Pace: Setting a work pace that is too high or creating a stressful work environment can lead to workers rushing which increases the chances of an accident. Lack of Safety Devices: Removing safety devices or having safety devices that are not properly functioning can be a recipe for disaster. For example if the forklifts rollover protection is not engaged or not functioning correctly the operator can be thrown from the machine or pinned underneath if it should over turn.
Industrial fork lift trucks are divided into two categories: electric and internal combustion (IC). Forklift engine types determine how the forklift operates where it can be used (indoor or outdoor) weight capacity and overall performance. Powered by lead-acid batteries several types of forklifts are electric: cushion tire forklifts scissor lifts order pickers stackers reach trucks and pallet jacks. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat even surfaces. The initial cost of an electric forklift tends to be higher than most IC fork lifts but its annual fuel and maintenance cost is less expensive over time. Electric lift truck batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. The charge of the battery determines the strength of the lift: a fully charged forklift operates at its fullest capacity while a low charge slows its performance.