Deadly Danger # 1—Forklift Turnovers
Close to one out of every four fatalities occurs when a forklift tips over. Forklifts can easily tip if they are overloaded, if the load is not well balanced, or if they travel with the forks too high.
Forklifts and pedestrians can often be a deadly mix.
Deadly Danger # 3—Victim Crushed by Forklift
The average forklift weighs several thousand pounds. As a result, 16 percent of forklift fatalities occur when victims are crushed by the vehicle.
Deadly Danger # 4—Falls from Forklifts
It is not always the case that a victim is crushed following a fall from a forklift. The fall alone may be fatal. Of fatal forklift accidents, 9 percent are the result of falls.
Deadly Danger # 5—Failure to Inspect or Perform Proper Maintenance
As with all equipment, forklifts have to be inspected regularly and properly maintained.