Rack Under-Ride Accidents

March 12, 2009

stand up forklift

stand up forklift

There have been fatalities when standup type fork trucks crush the operator under a rack cross bar.
Prevention:
Guarding made by the lift truck manufacturer may be available to prevent this hazard.
Lower all shelves so that if rear of PIT strikes rack, the rack will not enter the cab
Use trucks that have an extended backrest or other raised area on top of the cab
Lower the 2nd level rack so that truck’s overhead guard will strike the rack
Purchase/retrofit PIT’s with corner posts or other guards to prevent under-ride. Posts may be available from lift truck supplier.

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