MIOSHA – Lessons from Recent Michigan Worker Deaths: Occupation: Material Handling Truck Operator Type of Injury: Run over by material handling truck Description: A 36-year-old operator was loading garbage at a transfer facility and was run over by a front-end loader. Contact Jim Mattes at 586-778-9900 or jdmattes@threesixtysafety.com to help you keep your workforce safe.

Company Safety Tips: Separate the pedestrian and forklift traffic by creating designated walkways or travel ways.

  • Restrict people from entering areas where the forklift is operating.
  • Ensure the area is well lit and the area is clear.
  • Do not load the forklift in a way that restricts the driver’s viewing area

Operator Safety Tips:

  • Limit your travel speed
  • Avoid driving forklift near areas where pedestrian traffic is high (for example: lunch rooms, time clocks, entrances/exits)
  • Sound the forklift horn at intersections
  • Always expect the unexpected

Employee Safety Tips:

  • Keep a safe distance from the forklift whenever possible
  • Always let the driver know you are in the area.
  • Attempt to make eye contact with the driver to ensure they have seen you
  • Be cautious near blind corners, doorways, and narrow aisles
  • Wear high-visibility clothing
  • Do not walk near or under raised forks

Don’t ever forget, your family is counting on you to come home from work safe every day.

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