06/25/2003

Forklifts complying with ISO standards are inherently unstable

An Australian Accident Research Centre states that forklifts designed to comply
with Australian and ISO standards are inherently unstable. As a result
operators have to moderate their braking, accelerating and other behaviours to
compensate for this inherent instability. Requiring forklift operators to
change their driving behaviour to compensate for such instability problems is
not the most effective method of hazard control- the most effective method is
to design the hazard out of the system.

Further they complain that manufacturers do not normally provide operators with
instruments or other devices to guide them in regard to appropriate forklift
driving behaviour.

Furthermore the report gives plenty of advice how to cope with this problem in
order to reduce the forklift stability related risk in the workplace.

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work