Forklifts are an essential part of virtually every warehouse. They’re also used in the construction sector and various other fields.
While they make heavy lifting much easier and more efficient, the machinery does not come without drawbacks. When used appropriately in a safe environment, forklifts can be a great addition to the workspace. However, it doesn’t take much for something to go wrong. Why are forklifts so dangerous?
They have poor visibility
Forklifts generally stack goods on top of one another, which can seriously impede the driver’s vision. There are numerous blind spots to worry about, and operators may not always see pedestrians before it is too late. This can be countered somewhat by ensuring that forklifts only operate at a safe speed.
They should be fitted with alarms that alert pedestrians they are coming, including both lights and sounds for those who may not be able to hear or see at the time. Where practicable, workspaces should also implement “forklift only” areas, so that pedestrians cannot stray into the path of heavy machinery.
They’re difficult to maneuver
It’s impossible for someone to jump on a forklift right away and know what they are doing. It takes weeks, potentially more, of practice and training to get up to speed with this machinery. Employers should ensure forklift operators are fully trained and hold the relevant licenses. People without the appropriate accreditation should never be permitted to operate forklifts.
You have a right to work in an environment that is safe and free of unnecessary hazards. If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s in your best interests to explore all of your legal options.