Injuries from forklift incidents


When an operator jumps or is thrown from an overturning forklift, more often than not they end up trapped under the overturned forklift and a fatality occurs.

There are several instances where a forklift can tip over; these include rolling or overturning the forklift sideways or by pitching forward when the back wheels lift off the ground.

According to a guide on forklift safety from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, forklifts can tip over if you:

  • collide with another vehicle

  • brake too quickly, especially with a loaded forklift

  • brake or accelerate while cornering

  • accelerate quickly in reverse

  • carry a load facing down a slope

  • brake or accelerate down a slope

  • carry an unevenly balanced load

  • drive with the tines raised too high (loaded or unloaded)

  • strike low doors or overhead structures

  • drive across inclines or uneven ground such as potholes (particularly with a height difference greater than 20mm across the front wheels)

  • turn too fast

Information for this article was sourced from For further forklift safety information contact MLA Holdings on 131 652 or

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