Since the forklift is a slower-moving vehicle, it is not able to present the same risks as a car truck. But, due to the nature of its work, it can pose similar dangers. All forklift parts, lights and forklift accessories serve an important purpose, and therefore each one should not be used lightly.
It wasn't until the 90s that seat belts were made mandatory on forklifts. The forklift that this driver was operating in 1996 did not have an attachment for the seat belt on a forklift. As the forklift began to slide over because of a defective rear axle, as well as a defect with the steering system the driver resorted to getting from the cab to secure.
However, he was trapped by the overhead guard and eventually died. This tragic incident underscores the importance of safety attachments for forklifts. In this instance, many factors could have stopped the incident.
An attachment for a forklift such as a seatbelt or replacement component such as an axle or part of a steering mechanism is not expensive to purchase. The lesson to be learned from this accident (and there were many other similar incidents since) is that the safety of forklifts is crucial.
The horn, lights, and other devices for warning must be checked regularly Also, the horn and lights should be checked daily.
These are only a handful of the safety precautions each forklift operator must take. Thorough training and in-depth knowledge of the operation of forklifts and safety, paired with safe forklift attachments, can help save lives.