Forklifts are a great tool for heavy lifting and do a lot of good in warehouses. When things need moving, you call forklifts because they are one of the great inventions. However, as useful as they are, they are also involved in a lot of crashes and accidents which makes them a two-edged weapon.
There are approximately more than a million active forklifts in the United States. Among them, about 11 percent of the forklifts are involved in some sort of accidents each year. There are organizations that make rules and regulations to make a working environment as safe as possible.
The accidents happen for a lot of reasons whether it is the forklift malfunction or a distracted operator. Every 6th workplace death in the United States involves a forklift, which sums up to 85 annual deaths involving forklifts.
There should be proper precautions and maybe even proper training is given to the workers to operate forklifts. Other than that, there should also be a reasonable penalty in a case of violating the rules set by OSHA – this involves speeding, elevated loads, giving rides on forklifts and other violations.
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