Forklift accidents

Numbers of forklift truck injuries

 

All moving machinery within a warehouse is a great danger for your employees. Increasing statistics show high numbers on injuries to workers on forklift truck accidents. That being said, we know forklift trucks is the main reason for ten percent of all injuries happened in the workplaces.

Check out the numbers for forklift truck actions

  1. Going 180 degree turn is the most common reason when visibility is blocked.
  2. Data scientists say we can reduce the number twice if companies apply better safety policy.
  3. Only in U.S. forklift truck cause close to 100 deaths annually.
  4. Almost 40`000 heavy injuries happen every year because of hand pallet or forklift trucks accidents.
  5. More than 70k not heavy injuries happen annualy of the same reason.
  6. More then 5M EUR is lost after fatal warehouse crashes. Look, here is one example.

Main reasons to have strict safety policy on warehouse

So, just think about it – heavy forklift trucks, hand pallet trucks and reach trucks differ a lot – comparing to any other vehicles your employees got used in their daily life.

  • Reach trucks and forklift trucks could weigh more than 10 tones,
  • Ocasionally trucks have brakes only for front axle and they much harder to stop,
  • The max speed for the latest forklift trucks could be close to 18mph (30km/h),
  • Swinging back of truck – you turn truck by rear wheels,
  • Driver takes load on forks which often blocks his visibility – this is how forklift accident happens,
  • Counterbalance trucks are heavier in the back to compensate the weigh of the load. This makes truck difficult to manipulate.
  • You can increase safety level by innovative TOPLINE laser.

Not safe or uneven load

Almost 15% accidents when people got killed happened because of the falling load. We know, there are many reasons for this. Incorrect position of the load, blocked eye-sight of the driver. Also, uneven load balance could cause turnover of the truck.

However, all accidents are avoidable. If you think this way and check all regulations and max precoutions – this will always help.