Forklift trucks are a common vehicle used in commercial businesses especially in warehouses. However, forklift trucks can be a potential accident at work risk, but do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks?
The benefits of forklifts: Prevention of accidents at work
Although forklift trucks can cause a work injury they can also prevent them as well. One of a forklift’s main benefits is that it can lift heavy pallets and boxes so that the workers don’t have to. This means that the workers have to lift less and the risk of a work injury is decreased. As well as this, productivity levels are increased as a forklift can lift a lot at a time, meaning it can do several workmen’s jobs at the same time.
Finally, it can carry these loads long distances which once again increases productivity and decreases the risk of a work injury from lifting boxes or pallets.
The drawbacks of forklifts: Causes of accidents at work
The benefits are good but to see both sides of the argument you have to consider the drawbacks. One of the major drawbacks is the risk of sustaining a work injury. It is true that they can reduce the chance of a work injury through lifting but other work injuries can be sustained with the root cause being the forklift. Injuries sustained by a forklift can be much worse than that of an accident at work from lifting. As the forklift is a mechanical vehicle it can cause significant damage especially if it were to get out of control, malfunction or not be used properly.
Whilst weighing up the pros and cons for a forklift truck, as long as they are regularly maintained and all the workers are fully trained on how to use them, the benefits are certainly more than the drawbacks and appropriate maintenance and training could prevent a lot of the accident at work injuries caused by these vehicles.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice