Forklift Hazards and Safe Operation Responsibility

Most warehouse managers are aware of the problems and hazards that come along with the operations of a forklift:

There are so many hazards linked with forklift operations. To prevent hazardous accidents and save forklift operators as well as other employees, forklift operators, supervisors and workers, all need to understand the potential forklift hazards. Only being aware of the forklift hazards and safe operation responsibility to own can reduce injuries and damages.

Common Forklift Hazards

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The most common causes of accidents related to forklift hazards are listed below, if it is possible to address these factors properly then forklift hazardous accidents will decrease significantly.



Unsafe load and Overloading is causes frequent forklifts accident. Do not overload and keep loads limit low.

Do not hand over the forklift to untrained forklift operators, Forklift trucks are extremely heavy even sometimes experienced drivers can make mistakes, so never allow unauthorized forklifts operators.

Passengers are not allowed on the forklifts even while forklift carrying no load, its forklift operator responsibility to ensure no persons will lift on forks, or backside of the forklift to balance the heavy load lifting. A special forklift platform must be used for employees using a forklift to gain access to elevated equipment.

Falling loads are common in a forklift accident. Keep loads low, and make sure the mast is tilted back for stability. Odd-shaped loads that are tall or wide must be moved carefully and slowly.

 Forklift speeding causes lots of accidents, forklift operators must be understood forklift driving is not a ‘Horse-race’! The seed must be kept within safe limits, especially in corners and obstructed areas.

 Un-necessary forks rise up should be avoided preventing forklift accidents. Must understand the limit of fork rise and load capacity.

 Pedestrians and forklifts moving in the same place is another cause of forklift accidents. Forklift drivers are responsible like others vehicle drivers avoiding pedestrians, even pedestrian walks on the forklift area.


 Must consider the slippery, gravely or poor path during forklift driving. Go under-loaded and slow in the slippery and poor path. Replace the poor or un-threaded tyres immediately and don’t use worn tyers for forklift.

Drive forklift slowly and sound the horn at corners or intersections to alert other employees. Also always travel unloaded with the forks no more than ½ meters from the ground.
       
Unsafe battery connection may cause electrical shook from the forklift, ensure good electrical wiring and make sure separate forklift battery charging & parking area.

Inspect daily forklift’s breaks, engine fluids, hydraulic lines, head & tail lamps, tyres, backup alarm, turn signals, overhead guard, lift controls, horn and mirrors just before starting the day.


To establish a safe work environment in your workplace, employers must ensure the health and safety of all workers; workers must take reasonable care and cooperate with their employer to protect their health and safety from forklift hazards.
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