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Forklifts as a safety hazard

Supplier: Remax Products
22 November, 2013

Learn why forklifts are so dangerous, and how you can mitigate the risk of forklift accidents.

Forklifts represent a costly investment, because they require a large initial capital expenditure and cost thousands
to keep running. While they are an indispensable piece of equipment for the businesses that use them, forklifts can
often be a great liability. This is because they can in!ict astounding amounts of damage to warehouse product,
doors, and walls while operating.

On a daily basis, company facilities represent the most common type of casualty - but the most worrying risk is the forklift's potential to cause human injury. Unlike cars, forklifts need to be driven down narrow alleyways - in reverse - throughout the course of the day. It's a tough job, but there's no room for error. Forklifts can maim and even kill people in the event of an unfortunate accident.

WorkSafe Victoria states: "Forklifts are a major cause of serious injury in Victorian workplaces. On average about 250 people are still seriously injured by forklifts every year, and there are many more 'near misses'. They are powerful, heavy, and inherently unstable pieces of equipment. They pose risks to both drivers and people walking on areas they are used in."