Why forklift safety is always important

We witnessed a industrial accident this morning. Right outside our Seattle warehouse too! Warehouse management heard a crash of something hitting the ground. They glanced out the window and saw this.

The operator took a corner too fast and wide, and hit some gravel at the edge of their parking lot. The forklift lost traction, almost rolled over, and spilled its cargo on the ground.

We unfortunately didn’t have a camera on hand while they had to fish it out. They used a giant CAT forklift to scoop out and move this little guy back onto the pavement.

The warehouse got a good laugh out of it, but only because nobody actually got hurt. A few of our employees have had experience with being in forklifts that rolled/tipped/etc, (the author included). And let me tell you, nothing gets your pulse going, your stomach dropping, and your hands shaking like feeling your forklift starting to roll. Especially when you’ve got 3,000 lbs of machinery on the forks!

8 Tips to improve your forklift safety

Remember folks, it’s not a race! Stick to these forklift safety tips:

  1. Always wear your PPE
  2. Keep the load low to the ground
  3. Drive slowly
  4. Stop slowly
  5. Turn gently
  6. Be aware of your surroundings
  7. Make sure your cargo will fit where you are going and where you want to put it
  8. Make sure your cargo is secure on the forks

We know that safety can be a pain, especially when you are in a rush. But it is a lot less of a pain than some of the things that happen with forklift accidents. OSHA exists for a reason, and their site has excellent safety information for operators. We also acknowledge their stuff is often super dorky and the acting is laughably bad, but hey, it’s important.

Would you like to know more?

PPE can safe your life, limbs, eyes, and more. We’ve got some more information about safety and how to safely handle our materials.

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