Use Safe Speeds

Forklifts are not designed to move about at high speeds. The maximum speed for most forklifts doesn’t exceed 10 miles per hour. However, standard forklifts weigh between 8,000 and 9,000 pounds, and the biggest can weigh over 100,000 pounds. When such heavy machines move at 8 or 9 miles per hour, they can be more

Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way

36 percent of people who die in forklift-related accidents are pedestrians according to OSHA. Many of these pedestrians are struck when forklifts tip over while others are caught between the machine and a surface or between two forklifts. A small number have also been run over. These statistics paint a grim yet important picture. Pedestrians

Keep Alert to Floor Conditions

Floor conditions in most workplaces are not constant. Indoor floors can become slippery due to spills or uneven due to wear. There’s also the danger of protruding boards and nails on wooden flooring. Floors also have loading limits and these can be exceeded by the forklift’s weight. Floor conditions can be even less predictable outdoors.