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January 18th, 2013

Workplace Accident Safety – Forklift Operation & Visibility

Forklift Accident Prevention – Visibility

Proper visibility is key in preventing forklift accidents, especially overturn accidents. According to OSHA, forklift overturn accidents are the leading cause of forklift accident fatalities, representing roughly 25% of all forklift accident deaths. Ensuring proper visibility can help prevent such fatalities. Learn about forklift accident lawsuits in PA or NJ.

Visibility is crucial to avoid collisions, falling loads, loading accidents, or strike/crush accidents, all of which can lead to an overturn. Drivers and those who work near forklifts must be trained properly on OSHA forklift regulations, forklift operating procedures, and forklift manufacturer guidelines.

OSHA Forklift Regulations

OSHA regulates the use of forklifts in the workplace. Section 1910.178 of the Code of Federal Regulations details all of the OSHA forklift regulations. From operator training to storage of batteries, these regulations are designed to prevent forklift accidents and injuries.

The following are key OSHA forklift regulations pertaining to visibility:

  • 1910.178(h)(2): Where general lighting is less than 2 lumens per square foot, auxiliary directional lighting shall be provided on the truck.
  • 1910.178(m)(2): No person shall be allowed to stand or pass under the elevated portion of any truck, whether loaded or empty.
  • 1910.178(m)(6): A safe distance shall be maintained from the edge of ramps or platforms while on any elevated dock, or platform or freight car. Trucks shall not be used for opening or closing freight doors.
  • 1910.178(n)(4): The driver shall be required to slow down and sound the horn at cross aisles and other locations where vision is obstructed. If the load being carried obstructs forward view, the driver shall be required to travel with the load trailing.
  • 1910.178(n)(6): The driver shall be required to look in the direction of, and keep a clear view of the path of travel.
  • 1910.178(o)(1): Only stable or safely arranged loads shall be handled. Caution shall be exercised when handling off-center loads which cannot be centered.

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