The Industrial Truck Association has announced it’s second annual Forklift Safety Day, to be held today, Tuesday, June 9. There are ways to help create awareness about the dangers that forklifts present and how to minimize the potential for accidents that can result in injury or death, damage to your facility, equipment and financial losses.
Here is a short list of things you can do to improve safety on and around your forklifts.
- Make sure all your forklift operators have been trained and that their refresher training is up to date, if applicable or necessary.
- Take time to teach your forklift operators the importance of daily inspections of their forklifts. Daily inspections reduce the risk of equipment failure and catch small problems before they blossom into giant ones.
- Download and post forklift safety posters.
- Take some time to gather any staff that operates around forklifts, to refresh them about the dangers of this equipment and how to use safe procedures when they are in an area of your facility where forklifts are being operated.
- Make sure all your forklift’s maintenance is up to date. If you have a Planned Maintenance Agreement, this would be a good time to review it with your service provider to ensure all standard checkpoints as well as unique equipment attachments are being inspected and maintained properly.
- Review any unique “site specific” features your facility may have and be sure your operators are aware of proper handling of equipment while on or around these features (ramps, areas where floors can be slick, floor substrates that vary etc…)
- Make sure that training is part of your company’s orientation for anyone that will or might operate a forklift. Employees who have not been properly trained, shouldn’t even be allowed to sit on a forklift, much less move it out to another area of your warehouse.
- Make sure you forklifts have proper safety equipment and that it’s operating properly. Lights, horns, back-up alarms, seat belts, fire extinguishers etc…
- Make sure you have lock-out kits to ensure that forklifts that do not pass an inspection are locked out immediately until repairs are made.
- Review all your forklifts for possible replacement. Review safety records and maintenance logs for your equipment.
Forklifts are a vital part of your business. They can be your best friend when it comes to getting the job done, or your worst enemy if used the wrong way. Stay tuned for more safety tips this week and all month long!
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