Forklift tip-overs, which often result in worker injuries or even fatalities, are among the most common types of workplace forklift accidents. If the equipment isn’t operated properly or when the operator fails to recognise potentially unsafe working conditions, forklifts can become imbalanced and tip, which can lead to serious injuries, fatalities, and damages to property and equipment.
As an employer, it’s important that your workers receive adequate training to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to recognise and avoid forklift tip-over hazards, which will both protect your workers against accidents and shield your business from property damages and costly fines. There are several reasons lateral and longitudinal tip-overs occur, and it’s important that your workers understand them.
So what are the main causes?
OPERATOR RESTRAINTS KEEP THE DRIVER WITHIN THE PROTECTIVE STRUCTURE IN THE EVENT OF A TIP OVER
A severe or fatal injury can occur if the truck tips over (laterally or longitudinally). This is why it is so important to ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT! (if fitted).
In a tip over incident, the operator should: