Forklifts are crucial pieces of equipment at many work sites, as these industrial trucks can move a large quantity of heavy materials at one time. However, many injuries and fatalities are caused by forklifts because employers and workers either are not aware of the risks when working with or near forklifts or do not follow the safety standards when working with forklifts. Workers in Alabama can avoid many accidents and deaths caused by forklifts.
Around 100 workers are killed every year because of forklift accidents in the United States, and about 20,000 are seriously injured. Most fatalities related to forklifts occur when the equipment overturns, and other deaths related to these machines might be caused by falls, being crushed or getting struck while on foot. Knowledge of the dangers of these vehicles and the proper training when working on or near them can help reduce the likelihood of a forklift accident.