Forklift Near Miss Frequently Reported Examples
Example 1: At the end of an aisle, there were two workers standing in between two aisles discussing a load that just came in. The forklift was performing their safety measures correctly by slowing down and stopping at the end of the aisle. When the driver started to make his turn, the workers started to move in the direction of the forklift’s path. The forklift driver slammed on his brakes.
Example 2: A worker is stacking product underneath a racking system. At the same time, a forklift was driving down the aisle and saw no obstructions in the driver’s path. The worker came out from underneath the racking system just as the forklift driver was getting close. They both saw each other and the driver slammed on his brakes.
Example 3: The forklift driver was turning a corner at the end of an aisle and thought he had enough space to make the turn. The driver jerked the forklift as the driver was unsure if he/she was going to hit the product that was stacked up against the wall. Someone had put it there in preparation for staging it for a customer.
Example 4: There was a spill in one of the aisles and the workers cleaned it up. Unfortunately, there were some missed spots where the oily substance remained. The forklift driver felt a skidding, or a movement that shouldn’t happen on a forklift…almost like hydroplaning for a second. The forklift driver hit his brakes unsure if he was going to hit the racking system or even drop the load the driver was carrying.