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Forklift inspection checklist to prevent forklift accidents

Posted on December 21, 2014 12:45 pm under Construction Accident

Forklift accidents are highly preventable. No matter how avoidable they are, however, some responsible parties still fail to ensure workplace safety during forklift operations. Unfortunately, this negligence increases workers’ risk of forklift-related accidents and deaths.

To prevent forklift incidents, it is important to ensure that the forklift is in optimum condition by conducting regular inspections and maintenance. Here is a simple list of what to check to see if the forklift needs repairs or maintenance before use:

  • Safety features missing and/or malfunctioning (seatbelts do not restrain, no vertical mats or ROPS fitted)
  • Wear and damage are evident on the tires, masts, and forks
  • Any damage and wear on the battery, coolant, check lights, horns, reversing beepers, flashlight
  • Any malfunctioning controls (brakes, gas, reverse)

Many employers choose not to properly maintain forklifts to cut costs and speed up projects. Unfortunately, this move places workers at risk of forklift accidents. If you have been involved in a forklift accident in Wisconsin, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to see if you are qualified to seek compensation from the party you believe is responsible. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.