Fork Lift Truck Seat Belt Regulations 20/01/2008

2002 was the year that saw the enforced fitting of seat belts in fork lift trucks. The regulation on fork lift truck vehicles has been enforced so as to avoid injuries from the overturning or collision of fork lift trucks. Needless to say, any safety regulation pioneering health and safety issues, and alleviating risk of injury should be taken with the utmost seriousness. However, as with many regulations, should they not be understood correctly, it could be suggested that the regulations could potentially create some dangerous situations for fork lift drivers. It should be noted that some fork lift trucks have very high levels of durability and stability, and that there are arguably situations with fork lift trucks which more greatly require seat belt restraints than others.

Forklift truck safety regulations are a key issue among the construction vehicle industry. Forklift truck safety is demonstrated to various levels worldwide, and this fork lift truck safety becomes a prominent point of discussion after forklift truck accidents. For example, after the forklift related deaths of two teenage forklift operators in the United States in 2004, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration began a campaign to raise awareness of the safety issues surrounding the operation of forklift trucks by young people.

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