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.
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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… …