Worst Case Scenario — How to Escape a Tipping Forklift

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Forklifts are a staple in many industry warehouses where large amounts of products and equipment need to be hauled around. But they can also be dangerous and it’s often taken for granted how easily a forklift can kill you.

According to OSHA, there are about 85 forklift fatalities and a whopping 34,900 serious injuries every year. Nearly half of the fatalities are a result of the operator being crushed by a tipping forklift.

But would you know what it takes to survive?

If you were operating a forklift on an uneven surface and it began to tip over, what would be the safest way to escape unharmed?

1. Jump out of the tipping forkliftt.
2. Ask someone to stop it from tipping over.
3. Brace yourself and stay in the forklift until it stops tipping, then climb out.

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3. Brace yourself and stay in the forklift until it stops tipping, then climb out.

According to Eric Putnam, Wixon’s food safety, quality, and training systems manager, it's better to ride the fall and get out only when the forklift is settled than jump out early — a common mistake that can lead to serious injury or death.

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