3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip your Forklift Truck Inspections
1 – Preventing Accidents and Injuries
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 20,000 individuals are injured each year in forklift-related incidents, with nearly 100 of those injuries being fatal.
Pre-shift inspections can help identify defects in your forklift that may lead to injuries like these.
2 – OSHA Fines & Violations
If you own and operate forklifts then you’re likely aware of the OSHA standard 1910.178(q)(7) for forklift inspections – which states that Industrial trucks need to be examined at least daily and if in constant use, need to be examined after each shift.
Skipping daily inspections may seem inconsequential in the moment, but it’s an infraction that comes with a $9,600+ fine – not to mention the potential cost of losing a life.
3 – Loss of Time & Productivity
In many cases, forklift inspections are overlooked in an attempt to save time but cutting corners will likely end up costing your business time and money.
Daily inspections help you identify small problems before they turn into big ones – saving you costs on forklift repairs and replacements.
The Empire Company said that “If an operator does their inspection, they’ll catch that minor leak to a hose that can be repaired at minimum cost. If not, not only is there a risk to life and limb but to our products too.”
Look out for our next blog post on Why Operators Don’t Complete their Pre-Shift inspections as part of our Forklift Truck Safety series!
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