According to the CDC, there were about 1021 people were killed in forklift related incidents in between 1980 to 1994. Out of these incidents, 22 were forklift overturns, 20 were workers struck by forklifts, 16 were victims crushed by a forklift and 9 were from those that fell from a forklift. So as you can understand, forklift’s are dangerous and many people get injured and even killed by them each year. So it is also very important that forklift operators are given adequate training to ensure that injuries from forklifts are limited. And often times, many of these accidents are accidents in which people would not even expected ti happen. Below you’ll find a video of some forklift accidents that can happen in the workplace if you are operating a forklift.
As you probably saw in the video, many of these accidents are freak accidents. However, you’ll probably notice that they could’ve all be prevented with proper training and with more alertness on the part of the forklift operator and those around the forklift operator.
- Time Management: With a properly trained forklift operator, heavy products and goods will be moved more efficiently, safely, and quickly. In turn, the overall work productivity is increased for the employer and this in-turn contributes to overall savings on spending.
- Reduction in damaged Inventory: An unskilled forklift operator can easily damage goods that are being moved. However, with a skilled forklift operator, goods can be moved safer, and skillfully without any damage and although these type of costs many not appear to be large at once, they do add up over time and the amount of money lost per year due to damage goods can be outstandingly high.
- Better Maintenance: A proper forklift certification program will be able to provide the forklift operator with enough knowledge to perform frequent preventative maintenance on the forklift. This reduces the forklifts overall downtime and costs of repairs for the forklift in the long run. This is also a contributing factor to increased overall productivity as a result of less downtime.
- Employee Confidence: A confident employee performs better than a non-confident employee and they tend to have a higher level of pride in their job. A trained forklift operator will have a higher level of confidence, pride and motivation to do their job as opposed to other employees. So even when these employees are off the forklift, they’ll generally out perform the employees without forklift training.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to having your staff properly trained in operating a forklift. It works out better for the workplace by increasing productivity and employee self confidence. However, the most important benefit of properly trained forklift operators is from the increased safety. Any employer should make safety a top priority. They shouldn’t want their staff to be injured in any way possible. And with adequate forklift training, this will help to keep all employees safe.