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How forklift safety can prevent accidents

Warehouses and industrial companies across the United States use forklifts on a regular basis. If you are one who uses these machines, you know that they are used to lift and move materials from one place to another. Despite the essential role they play in a wide-range of work environments, a number of people are injured by forklift trucks every year. According to statistics reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, just over 96,780 people receive injuries from forklifts every year. At least 34,900 accidents resulted in serious injury and 85 people lost their lives. You should know how to use these potentially dangerous machines properly so that you can minimize your risk of being hurt by a forklift.

Forklift accidents may occur when the trucks are accidently driven off a loading dock. Workers can be hurt when they are hit by a forklift, fall of an elevated lift or are hit by an object that has been unproperly loaded on the forklift.  

When operating a forklift, you should understand how to use all truck controls, how to operate the engine and how to steer and maneuver the truck. You must also know critical information, such as the vehicle capacity, operating instructions, warnings and precautions. Furthermore, workers should know how to properly load and unload the forklift, as well as how to navigate the forklift through hazardous areas. Federal law mandates that workers must be at least 18 years, receive the proper training and get certified in forklift operation before they are able to use a forklift.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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