Did you know one out of six workplace deaths are caused by forklifts? Or that every year there are more than 60,000 forklift related injuries? Forklifts are critical for material handling and warehousing but with thousands of pounds moving around a facility, it’s easy for safety to be compromised.

OSHA estimates that about 70% of forklift accidents could be prevented if companies implemented more stringent training policies. So, what does a forklift safety program look like?

  • Hazard Identification: Employers should assess how forklifts are being used in their facility, looking for hazards, talking with operators about concerns, and evaluating pedestrian safety. As part of their daily inspections, operators should know what hazards to look for and how to either remedy the situation or report it to a manager.
  • Safety Signs & Floor Marking: Having a safe environment for forklifts is key to preventing accidents. Safety signs and floor marking can be used to establish a traffic pattern, enforce a safe speed limit, create crosswalks, alert drivers to hazards, demarcate parking spaces, and so much more. Having a clear, well-planned visual communication strategy will keep operators, pedestrians, and facility visitors safe.
  • Certification & Training: Forklift operators must be properly trained, certified, and evaluated in accordance with OSHA standard 1910.178(l). Training forklift operators helps organizations avoid injuries or fatalities, hefty OSHA penalties, high insurance premiums, property damage, high maintenance costs, etc.

At Creative Safety Supply, we are here to help you improve facility safety. Refresh yourself and your workers on forklift safety and learn how to create a safe environment for forklift operations. Our free resources include infographics, articles, podcasts, and much more.

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Forklift Safety Articles

Forklift Safety Procedures

Forklift Safety Procedures

Forklifts are powerful tools that have transformed the way industrial facilities work. With such a powerful tool comes the risk of injury. This article outlines how to increase forklift safety.

Floor Marking for Factories

Floor Marking for Factories

Factories are busy, active environments with a lot happening at all times. Floor marking is a low-cost way of improving efficiency, safety, and organization.

Floor Marking for Facility Safety

Floor Marking for Facility Safety

The best way to enhance safety is keeping workers informed, and floor markings are the most reliable, durable method of ensuring that everyone is aware of potential hazards.

Floor Marking for Door Openings

Floor Marking for Door Openings

Every time a door opens, it presents a potential hazard to anyone on the opposite side. With careful floor marking, you can massively reduce this risk and prevent numerous injuries.

Industrial Floor Marking Guidelines

Industrial Floor Marking Guidelines

OSHA doesn’t offer much guidance on how floor markings should be installed, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips and best practices to ensure your markings are useful, straightforward, and helpful to everyone in your facility.

Forklift Safety

Forklift Safety

Forklift safety injuries have been on the rise and its up to you to help fix it. Here are some forklift safety tips to help you get started.

Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management

Proper warehouse management can dramatically improve both efficiency and safety. This article covers everything you need to know.

Floor Markings for Forklift Safety

Floor Markings for Forklift Safety

Installing floor markings for forklift traffic can help improve safety and efficiency in warehouses and factories. Take these steps to keep employees safe.

Forklift Safety Tips

Forklift Safety Tips

This helpful list for drivers provides 15 practical tips for safe forklift operation.


Forklift Safety Questions and Answers

Do forklift operators need to be certified?

If a worker is required to drive industrial vehicles such as forklifts in their workplace, they absolutely do need a certification to operate the vehicle. In fact, certification is required by law. OSHA 1910.178 (i)(6) states that all forklift operators must complete proper training and on-site evaluation before they may operate powered industrial trucks. Forklifts come… 

Forklift Safety Blog Posts

Forklift Safety Infographics

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Top 10 OSHA Violations from 2018 Fall Protection (1926.501) - 7,270 Violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 4,552 Violations Scaffolding (1926.451) -… 

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2015* Fall Protection (1926.501) - 6,721 Violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 5,192 Violations Scaffolding (1926.451) - 4,295 Violations … 

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint The average factory in the U.S. is 600,000 square feet. Many of them contain… 

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention There are approximately one million active forklifts in the United States. It is estimated that 11%… 

Forklift Safety Podcasts

Forklifts vs. pedestrians. Who has to stop? People on foot technically have the right-of-way. But some say powered industrial trucks… 

10 Rules For Forklift Safety can keep drivers and pedestrians safe on the job. Some forklift safety tips are obvious,… 

Forklift blind spots are everywhere. Forward, back, left and right. Hear how to avoid collisions and injuries when hauling large… 

Forklift violations can be dangerous to workers, and lead to costly OSHA citations. Listen for some of the top forklift… 

Powered industrial trucks, also known as forklifts, need clear labeling to keep operators and pedestrians safe. This podcasts details the three… 

Warehouse traffic can be a safety battle. A battle of people vs. machines. Too often, the machines win. Struck-by accidents in… 

Forklift safety starts when the driver understands a forklift is not a car. Many of the basic safety rules apply,… 

In this podcast, we are going to talk about a less-known fact on construction sites in the United States -… 

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