Wearing a seatbelt when operating a forklift is the most important safety precaution that operators take. Seatbelts save lives and protect against injury every day. While it can be easy to forget to wear your seatbelt, remember that taking that extra second to click it into place can save you from harm.
In 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that an average of 85 annual deaths are reported as the result of forklift accidents. Wearing a seatbelt significantly lessens the chance of injury or death should an accident occur. That’s why OSHA can fine employers when seatbelts are not worn. It is the duty of the employer to ensure safe working environments for their employees, and ensuring the use of proper safety equipment is part of that requirement.
Even when wearing a seatbelt, operators should be aware of some best practices that can keep them safe should accident occur.
A safety standards compliance officer may cite an employer based on the General Duty Clause when operators are observed not using the safety feature. In order to help employers monitor proper seatbelt usage in their facilities, Toyota offers optional orange forklift that can help managers quickly see that operators are taking this vital safety precaution. Check with your local Toyota dealer to learn. more about their offering forklift operator safety training.
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