One type of machinery often seen on constructions sites is a forklift. Forklifts are helpful on construction projects as they allow for transport of heavy materials without individual workers having to lift and carry them. This relieves stress on their bodies and allows for more efficient construction work.
Operators of forklifts must be trained on how to safely use this construction equipment. In New York City, owners and general contractors are under pressure to get the job done quickly. This leads to shortcuts in terms of safety, training, supervision, inspections, and monitoring. Shortcuts, unfortunately, lead to forklift accidents. OSHA statistics report nearly 700,000 forklift accidents each year in America.