Forklifts are an important part of various industries in Colorado and pose safety hazards wherever they are used. For some reason, forklifts often form part of horseplay, and employers who fail to enforce strict forklift safety protocols may find that serious injuries result. Significant increases in insurance premiums can also follow because every workers' compensation claim may cause an increase.
To prevent forklift accidents, there are certain things to avoid such as not driving while fatigued or taking medication that causes drowsiness. Warehouses with rows of shelving usually have multiple intersections and blind spots where passing other lift trucks can be dangerous. Forklift operators do not have the right of way, and pedestrians must be considered by making sure they are always aware of the presence of a forklift. Heading to an object in front of which workers are standing can cause severe injuries or even death if the operator of the forklift should lose control.