Improve Safety by Maximizing Peripheral Vision.
Simply putting on the latest fashionable safety glasses is not enough in the case of forklift operators. Frames that impair the ability of mobile equipment operators to see people and objects with minimal head turning or moving their eyes can contribute to unsafe situations. In the case of forklift operators, peripheral vision is important.
Maintaining peripheral vision is essential to detecting motion and a key element to safety. Yet many forklift drivers wear newer fashion or wrap-style safety glasses that greatly reduce the field of vision and thereby increase the chances for a serious accident.
Forklift accidents certainly are not uncommon. According to the 2014 edition of Injury Facts from the National Safety Council, 66 workers died as a result of operating or working near a forklift. A forklift was a secondary source of fatal injuries for an additional 24 workers. Estimates place the cost to U.S. employers of forklift accidents at over $135 million per year.
Safety directors should consider the importance of unobstructed peripheral vision for industrial truck operators. Even though they may be marked compliant with ANSI Z87.1, many still lack the depth of vision necessary to operate mobile equipment. Eyewear that provides clear peripheral vision, even with clear and transparent side shields, will provide a better field of vision than any that impair the ability to see side-to-side images.