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Forklift Safety

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), each year in the United States approximately 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 workers are seriously injured in forklift-related accidents.  In fact, in April 2010, a Habitat for Humanity employee suffered ruptured muscles when a forklift ran into the back of his leg.  According to the accident description, the employee had been standing with his back to the forklift talking to other persons nearby, and the forklift driver was unable to see the injured employee due to the cabinet that was on the forklift.

In order to help prevent these types of accidents, NIOSH developed several safety recommendations, which have been modified to an extent for the purpose of this safety memo. Please review these recommendations, along with OSHA standards, and incorporate them within the Safety Policy at your Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Worker Training


Forklift Inspection and Maintenance




Workers on Foot


Work Environment




*Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), “Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts”, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2001-109/ [1].