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Christmas Rush Linked to Surge in Forklift Accidents

For warehouse workers, it’s a good idea to start enforcing stronger safety measures as their is something to be more cautious about; Christmas rush linked to surge in forklift accidents. The holidays are just around the corner and while shopping may be a top priority, safety measures often fall by the wayside for many employers.

Retail businesses are notoriously busy during the holidays with the huge influx of customers. In addition to the high traffic volume, inexperienced seasonal workers can definitely increase the chances of an accident.

In this year alone, OSHA has reported 8,241 violations for fall protection. According to OSHA, more than 11% of all forklifts in the United States will be involved in some kind of accident each year. In addition, 42% of the forklift fatalities from the operator’s being crushed by a tipping vehicle.

There are many ways to prevent an accident from happening in your warehouse. Knowledge and time are one of your strongest defenses. Ensuring an individual is savvy in the store’s safety guidelines and has received the proper training can definitely reduce potential accidents. Be sure to emphasize the importance of safety awareness training for staff working on foot. It is also essential to make sure an individual operating a forklift has the proper certification.

Planning early and making sure your entire staff is up to speed can really be one of the strongest protections against warehouse accidents.

While training can vary depending on the need of the business and the employee, employers need to take the time to assess each need and tailoring their service accordingly.

For those seeking forklift certification, Forklift Certification provides an easy 5 step process that is affordable and cuts your training time in half! For more information about a forklift certification, visit or call 888-278-8896.

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