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Ways to Ensure the Safety of Forklift
2016-04-01

It is known to us all that forklifts used in each warehouse to help to lessen the load and make peoples' workdays easier. However, each year a large amount of employees died or injured due to forklifts. For a large part of the fatalities, Forklift Parts turnovers are the prime culprit. In order to bring these numbers down, there are some very simple solutions: sufficient training, proper maintenance and precautionary measures.

The most common sense solution to eliminating or preventing forklift deaths or injuries is for employers to insist upon and ensure that their employees receive proper forklift training. Employers should not just require training, but they should also perform evaluations to ensure that their employees received all the training needed to be able to operate machinery safely in their warehouse. Furthermore, it is important that certified experts with the proper knowledge, training, and experience should conduct all training for prospective forklift operators. Aside from initial instruction, OSHA also requires that employers must periodically evaluate their operators to make sure that they still possess the proper skill to operate a forklift at a high level. Besides, employers must also provide refresher forklift training resources to ensure the safety of employees.

Another way to ensure that warehouse workers are safe while operating a forklift is to make sure that all machinery goes through proper and regular maintenance. Proper maintenance is not only important for the overall health of a business's forklift, performing proper maintenance but also can reduce the risk of operator injury. A forklift's tires, for example, can pose problems. If they are improperly inflated, it could raise the risk that the equipment could turn over. Therefore, the simple act of making sure that the tires are properly inflated can reduce the chance of turnover-which typically causes most of the forklift-related fatalities.

A third way that employers can lessen the risk of forklift injuries is by taking simple precautionary measures. This category groups together some of the more common sense instances that could lead to a forklift causing injury. This includes not allowing anyone under the age of 18 to operate the machinery, following proper safety procedures for picking up, putting down and staking loads, and being an overall safe driver (i.e. not exceeding 5 mph, going even slower in more congested areas, and using caution in areas with slippery surfaces). Examination of all forklifts in service ensures that all machinery is actually safe to use. Unsafe or defective forklifts are not acceptable for service. Moreover, operators should inspect loads to ensure that all loads are stable, safely arranged and actually fit within the manufactures capacity for the truck.

Workers' safety should always be the priority when dealing with heavy machinery. However, following these suggestions, the workplace can be a safe environment in which to work. In addition, individuals being able to properly and safely operate machinery will keep workplace injuries down and productivity up.