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Forklift Safety in the United States


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Did you know that more than one in every ten forklifts will be involved in an accident in its life? In honor of National Safety Month, we would like to highlight some of the statistics that you need to know about forklifts including the amount of non-serious accidents (61,800), accidents resulting in serious injury (34,900), and accidents resulting in fatalities (85).

We also would like to highlight the inspection process for forklifts and what you can do to reduce the amount of injuries while using a forklift on the job.

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  • According to this info posted by OSHA on, 70% of forklift related accidents could be avoided with propoer training, and more than 1 out of 10 forklifts in the country will be involved in an accident this year. Contact me for more information on how to get your employees properly trained.
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Forklift Safety in the United States

  1. 1. Forklift Safety of forklifts will be involved in an accident 11% of all forklift accidents could be avoided with proper training and policy70% Forklift Accidents Types of Fatal Accidents 855,900 forklifts in the U.S. non-serious accidents per year 61,800 accidents resulting in serious injury 34,900 fatal accidents per year 85 Fatal Forklift Accidents By Industry • Crushed by vehicle tipping over • Crushed between vehicle and a surface • Crushed between two vehicles • Struck or run over by a forklift • Struck by falling material • Fall from platform on the forks Forklift Safety & Training 42% 25% 11% 10% 8% 4% • Manufacturing • Construction • Wholesale Trades • Transportation • Retail Trade • Mining 42.5% 23.8% 12.5% 11% 9% 1.2% Daily Inspection Checklist • Is the horn working? Sound the horn at intersections and wherever vision is obstructed. • Are there hydraulic leaks in the mast or elsewhere? These could cause slipping hazards or lead to hydraulic failure. • Are fuel connections tight and battery terminals covered? Dropping a piece of metal across battery terminals can cause an explosion. • Are there lint, grease, oil or other material on the forklift that could catch on fire? • Do sparks or flames come out from the exhaust system? • Does the engine show signs of overheating? • Are tires at proper pressure and free of damage? A tire with low pressure or a tire failure can cause a forklift to tip or fall when a load is high. • Do all controls such as lift, lower, and tilt work smoothly? • Are there any deformation or cracks in the forks, mast, overhead guard, or backrest? • Are lights operating if used at night or in dark locations? • Is steering responsive? A lot of play or hard steering will reduce your control. • Do brakes stop smoothly and reliably? Sudden stops can cause tipping. • Does the parking brake hold the forklift on an incline? • Are seat belts (if equipped) working and accessible? • Is the load capacity plate readable? Sources: OSHA – Industrial Truck Association –