The Forklift Operator’s Nightmare: A Look at Forklift Operators’ Lives and Deaths
A look at the lives and deaths of forklift operators.
The number of forklifts in operation has fallen steadily since the 1980s, and the number of accidents and injuries have risen as well.
Many operators are still using forklikes as a safety measure and to ensure they are always out of the danger zone.
In 2016, an estimated 4,700 people were killed on forklives, and some operators still work in an industry that has never been more dangerous.
“In many ways, it’s a new world for forklift operators,” says Jim Geddes, a forklift operator in New York City.
“It’s very dangerous.”
Gedds, who operates in Queens, New York, says he had to take a job as a forklifter after his wife died in a fatal accident on a fork lift in 2006.
Geddses had been working as a truck driver for a year, but was laid off when his wife, Mary Jane, died.
Giddes was hired as a second forklift driver for $20 an hour.
He says he was not allowed to use his forklift to transport goods, and his boss kept threatening to fire him if he did not work harder.
“I was scared to death,” Geddess says.
“You don’t want to make a mistake, but you also don’t know if your wife’s going to be back or not.
So you take your hat off and you don’t look at your forklift, you don’ see your wife.”
Giddess started working as the driver of a fork-lift operator’s van in his hometown, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and has since been working for five years in New Hampshire.
Gabbi Smith, an operations manager for the New Brunswick Forklift, says forklicks have become safer for forklift drivers because the government started requiring them to use a more powerful lift to transport heavy goods.
“We have to change the perception, because when they do go down, they have to take out a tractor, a car, whatever they need to haul,” Smith says.
He estimates that at least two-thirds of his drivers have been injured.
“There’s not a single day that goes by that they don’t work to save a life,” Smith adds.
“That’s not the case anymore.”
Smith says he hopes the forklift industry will be more transparent and more accountable, so that the public can be made aware of the risks.
“The forklift is a tool that is in a way a human-powered life support system,” Smith continues.
“So I would like the industry to be more open about the risks it poses, and if there’s a safety issue with a fork, it needs to be addressed, and I would love for the industry and forklift owners to come together and agree on a solution that we all agree on.”
The Forklikes in Action: An Operators Guide to Safety, Safety Training, and Safety Training Safety is always the first priority of the forklike industry, and every operator knows that safety is paramount to the success of the business.
But that doesn’t mean that every forklift operation is safe.
In fact, some operators do not carry out any training, or even use a fork as a life support device, and may even have to use an unsafe vehicle as a platform.
In some cases, operators will have to pay a heavy fine or pay for their own medical insurance.
But it is important to understand the different risks forklikers face when operating forklills.
For example, in some states, forklickers must use an electric lift when transporting goods to a fork factory, and drivers must wear life jackets and helmets.
Many forklickers also must wear masks to protect themselves from the elements.
Forklift operators in North Dakota have had to deal with dangerous weather conditions and accidents on the fork.
“A lot of the drivers in our industry that come into this business are pretty naive, and that’s why we need to educate them,” Smith said.
“If you don`t want to die, don`ll do it yourself.
You have to learn to be an operator first.”
The American Forklift Association says it will work with regulators to increase the safety standards in the fork industry.
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