Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Avoiding dangerous forklift accidents in Modesto

On Behalf of | May 24, 2018 | Workplace Accidents

No matter where you work in Modesto, it’s likely that a forklift will be in operation at some point. It might be a one-off occurence or it might be a daily operation at your place of employment. Either way, forklifts pose a real danger to not only the operators but also all those working around these heavy pieces of machinery. You will find that if you follow the safety tips outlined in this post, you should be able to avoid forklift accidents on the job.

It is vitally important for all forklift operators to be properly trained and certified. If someone attempts to operate the forklift but doesn’t have the proper certification, they should be prevented from getting behind the controls. One of the most common causes of forklift accidents is a lack of training and/or certification. Accidents of this nature are easily avoidable if all operators receive sufficient training.

Another way to avoid a forklift accident is to ensure that the load being moved is not heavier than the weight the forks can handle. Loads that are too heavy for the forks can cause the forklift to tip over, which can cause serious injuries or even death to the operator.

Workers who serve as spotters for the operator should always avoid walking behind the forklift, even when it is not in reverse. If the spotter cannot be seen, the operator should cease all operations until safety has been assured.

Modesto is a great place to live, work and play. But all workplaces pose different dangers to employees. When a forklift is present, it is everyone’s responsibility to follow safety procedures to avoid accidents.