Beware: These Are the Dangers Arising From Operating Forklifts

Forklifts are among the most widely used machines in the world of business. They come in handy when you need to pack, stack and move loads from one place to another. However, you must be very cautious when operating forklifts because of the inherent operational danger they pose to the operator and other pedestrians in the facility. The danger is particularly pronounced in cases where the operator is new to the job, meaning they have little experience to troubleshoot when the forklift is running into trouble. On that note, here are some of the dangers that arise from operating forklifts to help you gain insight:

Forklift Striking Other Workers

A forklift striking other workers is one of the common dangers you are likely to encounter in the workplace. Even though they may not seem to pose a real threat, forklifts can travel at high speed in both the forward and reverse directions. They can hit an unsuspecting pedestrian, leading to severe injuries. The load being carried can also tip over and fall onto nearby workers. To prevent this, always look out for opportunities where you can separate other workers from areas frequently used by forklifts. Moreover, make sure that the areas of operation always have visible warning signs so that visitors and other people are aware of impending danger. If your employer hasn't paid much attention to these signs, make sure that they are put up before going on with the operations in the facility.

Forklifts Tipping Over

There is also a risk of forklifts tipping in the course of operations. When the machine tips over, it can injure someone close to it, along with the operator in the cabin. It is thus imperative to fasten your seatbelt every time you are running a sit-down forklift. To add on that, note that forklifts often overturn because of poorly held loads. Keep a close eye on the loading personnel, and make sure that they arrange the load properly on the forks. It should be stable, well-fastened and tilted towards the machine for optimal stability. Lastly, do not lower or raise the lifting mechanisms anytime the machine is moving.

Passenger-Related Accidents

The passengers you are carrying in the forklift are another source of risk and unwanted accidents. First, don't carry anyone if the machine doesn't have a designated passenger seat. If there is a passenger seat (comes in machines with large cabins), then make sure that the extra person fastens their seatbelt before moving the forklift. Never let people sit or ride on the machine's forks.

For more information on forklift safety, contact a company that offers forklift license testing.