If you enter a warehouse the chances are you’ll see at least one fork lift truck in action somewhere in the vicinity. Members of the public should never be allowed in the same area as a fork lift if one is being operated. However, employees may have to work in the warehouse while fork lifts are operating, and that means fork lift truck safety is a very important issue to focus on.
Fork lift truck safety starts with making sure everyone driving a fork lift has been properly trained and has passed the required tests to be able to use one. If this is not the case, appropriate training should be taken prior to that member of staff using a fork lift.
How dangerous can fork lifts be?
Let’s be clear here – accidents involving fork lifts are rare. There are numerous safety measures in place that enable those involved to ensure accidents and potential hazards can be avoided. It is usually when something is neglected in some way that things can go wrong.
For instance, there must be clear areas for pedestrians to use that won’t involve them coming into contact with fork lift trucks. These areas should be clearly marked on the floor, and should be out-of-bounds for fork lift drivers. Additionally, they should never drive along with the forks in the up position, much less with them out in front of them. By keeping them low to the floor and behind them when driving, there is less chance of someone being hit by them or tripping over them.
Experiencing an accident with a fork lift truck
This type of accident can be life changing for those involved. An accident could potentially cause someone to lose a limb or even their life. Injuries can be severe and blood loss can easily lead to the person succumbing to more serious injuries.
This is why the team at Accident Advice Helpline would always encourage anyone who has been involved in such an accident to call us for expert no-obligation advice. When you do this, you have a chance to determine whether any evidence of negligence exists that could support a claims process. Why not find out for certain now by calling our team on 0800 689 0500? This is free of charge and our advice is given without any demands for further attention or contact. We are here to help.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead