Is poor visibility putting your business at risk?

april 2020

During forklift o perations, operators rely on their vision to gather 90% of the information needed to carry out a task. It’s hardly surprising, then, that visibility issues play a role in more than 80% of forklift truck-related accidents. Nowhere is this threat greater than when your trucks are lifting loads to heights of three or four metres – and often more. Here, visibility isn’t just desirable, it is crucial. Your workers are exposed to real danger from falling items if the operator isn’t in total control of every movement.

Statistics suggest that as many as two thirds of forklift accidents kill or injure someone who was not driving the truck at the time – meaning that anyone visiting or working at a business which uses a forklift truck could be at risk of injury. Falling loads are a leading cause of fatalities involving forklift trucks – accounting for more than 40% of deaths. Every accident is a personal and commercial tragedy, which is why the subject of visibility is extremely high on the industry’s agenda.

Visionary thinking

The popular Mitsubishi family of reach trucks benefits from the revolutionary Visionmast, which allows operators to handle goods with precision and effortless ease. ‘Hot extrusion’ technology has allowed a unique construction in which the hydraulic cylinders are enclosed within the profile of the mast’s first stage. This adds extra stiffness to the mast, as well as providing a clearer view. This stiffer, lighter, and more compact mast structure offers less sway, higher residual capacity (40% better than a conventional mast) and an amazingly clear view.

Reversing risks

Faced with an obstructed view, forklift drivers have no choice but to operate in reverse. Reverse operations require the forklift operator to turn his neck and shoulder, while keeping a foot on the pedals and a hand on the wheel. This twisting action is linked with serious long-term neck and upper back injuries.

Swivel seats – available as an option on many models – minimise this danger by encouraging optimal body posture. In turn, this relieves stress to the neck, shoulders and thighs. Often, there is also the option of a handle on the rear headguard leg, incorporating a horn button, so that the driver can remain secure and can quickly blow the horn if he needs to.

Features of a high visibility forklift

  • High visibility masts for clear forward vision
  • Rear handle with horn button
Our conclusion

When you choose a truck that maximises your operator’s visibility, you maximise his or her ability to manoeuvre safely and precisely, with confidence. In turn, every aspect of your operations will benefit from greater safety, foremost your employees, but also reduced product damage and enhanced productivity.

MLA Holdings Pty Ltd can provide you with expert advice on the correct specification for your application, contact us today. Information from this article was sourced from

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