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Forklift Fail: Misuse Highlights Need for Safety Education

Forklift Fail: Misuse Highlights Need for Safety Education

Feb. 1, 2018
A video we recently came across shows what your employees may be doing when you leave for a few hours. How serious do you think your workers take forklift safety?

From “Idiots on Ladders” to “Best of the Worst,” unsafe practices are caught on camera every day.

With the proliferation of social media, there is no shortage of videos and photos of practices that could potentially cause serious injuries or fatalities.

A viral video shows two workers at an unknown facility blatantly misusing a forklift.

The video, originally posted by CanadianBakeInn in 2009, was taken down after it went viral (I wonder why...). Thankfully, Enviro Safety Products saved it and posted it again.

The original post highlighted that not only were workers foolish enough to try such a  dangerous stunt, but also bragged in the summary about doing it on the clock:

Our supervisor left for a few hours and we were bored so we decided to have a little fun with a Raymond Reach Truck and a Fall Arrest Harness. I'm driving and Moobs is in the harness along for the ride.

"Moobs" seems like a lot of fun at parties, and this is a testament to the ergonomics and strength of the fall arrest harness, which looks by the color to be a Miller warehouse picking harness. It also may be the reason more companies are switching to Raymond's Courier Automated Pallet Trucks and Lift Trucks. Thanks for helping pave the way for the robot invasion, Moobs!

Along with future apocalyptic consequences, these hosers could have really hurt themselves or others.

An overturned forklift is responsible for nearly a quarter, or 24% of forklift accidents. Every year, 34,900 reported accidents result in serious injury, and another 61,800 forklift accidents are reported as non-serious, according to OSHA.

“It's not safe and not funny,” writes Facebook user Josue Carmona, a 22-year veteran forklift driver and heavy machinery operator, according to his post. “This could result in an unexpected accidents, injuries & even result to death. A forklift operator should operate the machine with responsibility and safety; not for fun like this. I watched videos that results in accidents and death of the employees as well for the driver. My advice for all the drivers...never allow things like this [that] could put your friend and yourself on a risk.”

About the Author

Stefanie Valentic | Senior Editor

Stefanie Valentic is an associate editor for EHS Today magazine, a Penton Media Inc. publication.

 A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has been in B2B publishing for eight years. Her work has spanned many industries including crop protection, landscaping, horticulture and pest control.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University.

About the Author

John Hitch | Editor, Fleet Maintenance

John Hitch, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is the editor of Fleet Maintenance, a B2B magazine that addresses the service needs for all commercial vehicle makes and models (Classes 1-8), ranging from shop management strategies to the latest tools to enhance uptime.

He previously wrote about equipment and fleet operations and management for FleetOwner, and prior to that, manufacturing and advanced technology for IndustryWeek and New Equipment Digest. He is an award-winning journalist and former sonar technician aboard a nuclear-powered submarine where he served honorably aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723).