Summer Forklift Safety
To begin this post we would like to thank Rachel Martins class at Learning Haven for learning about safety. One student in particular, Kenneth, researched all about forklift safety. This article will cover some basics of warehouse safety and forklift awareness.
Forklift Safety - What To Know
More than 11% of forklifts that are running today will be involved in some kind of accident each year. Luckily most result in nonfatal injuries but even one injury is one too many.
10 Forklift Safety Steps
Most accidents are often caused by not following simple rules or to easily fixed mistakes. Below are 10 steps and tips for operating a safe and reliable forklift environment
1. Safety education and drivers qualification. Managers and company supervisors should make sure any forklift drivers have their license and are kept up to date on safety procedures. This also goes for the rest of employees. Safety is everyone's concern.
2. You should inspect forklift before use, daily, before/after each shift. This helps spot any noticeable problems and to make sure its safe to operate.
3. The operator must wear a seatbelt. Almost half accidents are due to being crushed after jumping from a falling forklift. Treat the forklift like a car and always buckle up
4. Many people will assume that it's their job to be aware of their surroundings. Never assume the operator can see you and play it safe. operators should also pay constant attention to their surroundings and fellow workers.
5. Along with #4, don't allow anyone to approach close while operating. The forklift could suddenly turn or have an unstable load that could seriously injure someone close to the machine.
6. Slow down at intersections and corners. Learn where the blind spot is and pay attention. Don't become distracted and be constantly aware of posts, beams, corners, and others.
7. Before driving make sure the area is clean and even. Spills, debris, containers, and more can cause accidents or cause a forklift to crash.
8. Never move loads long distances. Also, don't turn quickly with a raised load and move carefully. The higher the load, the more unstable it becomes.
9. Always pay attention. This means no phones, no music, no distractions. Stay focused.
10. Shut off and store forklifts in their designated area. Fully lower the forks to the floor, engage the parking brake. Never leave a forklift unattended or allow unqualified persons to operate it.
Extra steps for staying safe in and around forklifts:
Safety is paramount to keeping those we care about safe and to increase the awareness of moving forklifts and other heavy equipment. This can be fixed by adding signage, flashing lights, marked pathways, and safety briefings to staff.
The site National Forklift Exchange has some incredible resources about forklifts and general safety with industrial work.
To see our first post regarding general warehouse safety, check it out here: 6 Steps to Better Warehouse Safety