As any forklift gets older, it will become less efficient and less safe. However, it is not only the age of such a vehicle that can impact on how safe it is. Everything from where forklifts are used to exactly how they are used could mean that there are very different options out there that will be more efficient and far safer for specific companies.
For example, those that do a great deal of work in such vehicles within a warehouse may find that electric forklifts are far safer than diesel ones due to the fact that there will be no fumes produces by the former, and the ease with which they can be turned on and off.
Maintenance will also be key to ensuring that electric or gas forklifts stay as safe as possible. Not only will you need to perform regular checks on things such as the engine and bodywork, but even simply ensuring that tyres are properly inflated, brakes are regularly tested and indicators work properly will be very important for workplace safety. It will even be important to check that the lights on your vehicles are bright enough to work safely in all conditions.
Furthermore, the space within which you use the vehicle will make a major difference to how safe it is. If there is not enough room to use a regular truck safely, you may need to look at thinner Flexi trucks and those that need to utilise gas fork lift trucks to move very large items may find that using a much larger vehicle is the only way for employees to remain safe.
Finally, older vehicles may also not deal with certain environmental conditions as well as newer models and so it may also simply be worth looking at newer forklifts simply to ensure they are as suitable for modern work as possible.