Forklift Safety 

Hazard: About 100 employees are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts in all industries. Forklift turnovers account for a significant percentage of these fatalities.

Solutions:

  • Train, evaluate and certify all operators to ensure that they can operate forklifts safely;
  • Do not allow anyone under 18 years old to operate a forklift;
  • Properly maintain haulage equipment, including tires;
  • Before using a forklift, examine it for hazardous conditions which would make it unsafe to operate;
  • Follow safe procedures for picking up, putting down and stacking loads;
  • Drive safely, never exceeding 5 mph and slow down in congested areas or those with slippery surfaces;
  • Ensure that the operator wears a seatbelt installed by the manufacturer;
  • Never drive up to a person standing in front of a fixed object such as a wall or stacked materials;
  • Prohibit stunt driving and horseplay;
  • Do not handle loads that are heavier than the weight capacity of the forklift;
  • Remove unsafe or defective trucks from service until the defect is properly repaired;
  • Maintain sufficiently safe clearances for aisles and at loading docks or passages where forklifts are used;
  • Ensure adequate ventilation either by opened doors/windows or using a ventilation system to provide enough fresh air to keep concentrations of noxious gases from engine exhaust below acceptable limits;
  • Provide covers and/or guardrails to protect workers from the hazards of open pits, tanks, vats, and ditches;
  • Train employees on the hazards associated with the combustion byproducts of forklift operation, such as carbon monoxide.

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