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Pop Quiz: Forklifts

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Know what’s cool? Forklifts. They’re some of the most useful tools we have. From warehousing to manufacturing, mining to agriculture, countless modern industries and businesses couldn’t function without forklifts. They’re powerful enough to move multiple tons, but precise enough to do coin tricks. They’re also an essential part of military operations.

I’m far from the only out there who think forklifts are rad. People throughout the world (especially kids—kids love forklifts) play forklift simulation games, build forklifts out of LEGO, and even create forklift memes.

You know what’s not cool? Forklift accidents. If you’ve been lucky enough to never witness one in person, take my word for it. I wouldn’t recommend Googling it.

Despite how gruesome and deadly forklift-related incidents are, they happen with alarming frequency throughout industries every year. From 2011 to 2017, forklifts (which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration likes to call “powered industrial trucks”) were involved in 614 worker deaths as well as thousands of nonfatal injuries with days away from work. Like I said, not cool.

Do you know your forklift safety and OSHA compliance essentials? Are your forklift operators and other staff taking the proper precautions when driving and working near those powered industrial trucks? Find out by taking KPA’s Powered Industrial Truck Pop Quiz.

Each quiz question below is adapted from material in our training resources. See if you can answer these real safety and compliance questions correctly.

How’d you do? Were you able to stay cool, or did this quiz get you hot under the collar? Don’t worry—we won’t be grading you on this. But if you got anything less than a perfect score, it’s a sign that your people and business could be serious trouble, so be sure to contact us.

For more workplace safety resources, check out the KPA Insights library.

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