With almost 900,000 forklifts in operation in the US as of 2018, based on OSHA’s reporting of forklift related injuries, there’s about a 1 in 10 chance that each forklift will be involved in an accident in a given year. It’s important to understand OSHA’s regulations are put in place to prevent these accidents, and the costs associated with ignoring them.
The first iteration of a forklift was developed in 1923 when a company added “forks” to a truck to help pick up and move heavy objects. Forklifts have come a long way since then. Depending on the location, type of materials being used or how long it’s used for will all impact what type of forklift best suits your needs.