In the Netherlands, and indeed, in various other countries all over the globe, forklift trucks are essential for so many different industries, so much so in fact, that it can be hard to imagine how we would cope without them. However, these machines must be used correctly and treated with respect, as they are dangerous and can potentially be fatal.
In the Netherlands alone, there are roughly 1700 accidents involving forklifts, with roughly 7 people losing their lives each year as a result. Whilst some may say that 7 is relatively low, a single person losing their life is one person too many. In 2016, by the time we reached July we had already seen 7 people die due to forklift accidents, meaning that 2016 could potentially be a record breaking year for all of the wrong reasons. Here’s a look at some general forklift stats and advice.
First up, here are a few general facts and figures involving forklift accidents:
Some of the most common causes of forklift accident include:
There are a number of ways in which you can help to protect yourself and others, from being involved in potentially fatal forklift accidents, these include:
Before we wrap things up, let’s first place an emphasis on just how important it is to receive professional forklift training. Forklift training ensures safer drivers and safer working conditions, it reduces maintenance costs, it reduces the risk of injury, it protects you against potential legal issues and fines, it protects your stock and other vehicles, plus it reduces your insurance payment costs as well.
Below you can find an infographic with facts and figures about forklift accidents in The Netherlands involving a fatality, the most common accidents with a forklift, and how to avoid a forklift accident. For the Dutch version click here.
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