Spot the Safety Violation: When Ingenuity Goes Too Far…and Too High
One of the safety violations in this image is almost screaming at you, it’s so obvious. Never, and I mean never, use a forklift to lift a person, especially if that person is sitting inside another forklift, and that forklift is lifting yet another piece of heavy equipment! It’s a trifecta of a disaster waiting to happen.
Some forklifts are designed to lift personnel but this is clearly not one of them. Other hazards in this image include:
- Overhead power lines, which we don’t know for sure, but it’s a safe bet to say they haven’t been deenergized.
- No traffic control – unless you count all the bystanders and gawkers.
- It doesn’t appear there are wheel chocks, or anything else, holding the bottom forklift in place to keep it from rolling away.
- The weight of the second forklift, the man in the forklift, and the equipment being lifted is likely well over the rated capacity of the lift.
Operating a forklift comes with its own set of safety challenges, there’s no need to add more!