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Forklifts and Heavy Machinery: Safety Tips and Statistics

May 2, 2012

Its interesting to note that 100 employees are killed and over 95,000 are injured while operating powered industrial machinery such as forklifts and heavy machinery. Forklift turnovers alone account for a significant number of these  fatalities.Most of these fatalities and injuries happen from playing around with the heavy machinery while on the job site. Heavy machinery should be operated completely sober and wearing driver’s glasses such as Edge Eyewear’s Kazbek Polarized sunglasses to evaluate and clearly see  your surroundings while operating your machinery.

To cut down on accidents and stay safe in the workplace, here are some vital tips on following heavy machinery safety:

1.Train and certify all operators to ensure that they operate forklifts safely.

2. Examine forklift truck for defects before using.

3. Follow safe operating procedures for picking up, moving, putting down and stacking loads.

4. Drive safely – never exceed 5 mph and slow down in congested or slippery surface areas.

5.Do not handle loads that are heavier than the capacity of the industrial truck.

6. Avoid traveling with elevated loads.

7. Make certain that the reverse signal alarm is operational

According to OSHA approximately 75 percent of struck-by fatalities involved heavy equipment such as trucks, forklifts, or bulldozers. OSHA also states that construction workers are involved in more struck-by fatalities than any other occupation. The construction worker came in at #10 of the most dangerous jobs as reported by aol.com. The article reported that there are 18.3 fatalities per 100,000 construction workers.



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