Proper Forklift Safety

Forklifts are an incredibly useful in many industries. However, like any other type of motor vehicle, they come with substantial risks. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), forklifts cause over 34,900 serious workplace injuries each year.

There are numerous factors that can increase the likelihood of accidents and injuries when operating a forklift. To help prevent accidents, forklift operators should follow proper forklift safety procedures.

Common forklift safety procedures include:

Who Can Operate A Forklift?

OSHA requires anyone operating a forklift to first receive training on how to operate the forklift safely. Employers are not only responsible for providing this training to their employees, but are also responsible for documenting the completion of employee forklift training. One of the main causes of forklift accidents is inadequate or no training of employees operating the forklift. If your employer asks you to operate a forklift without providing the necessary training, you can refuse to operate the forklift.

Houston Forklift Accident Lawyers

If an employer fails to adequately train employees on safely operating a forklift, they need to be held responsible. Forklifts can cause catastrophic workplace injuries and safe operations need to be taken seriously by the employers and workers using them. If you were injured in a forklift accident, call the Houston forklift accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP today for a free consultation.

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