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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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.

15 Forklift Safety Tips [Industry Expert Advice for Safe Operation]

15 Forklift Safety Tips [Industry Expert Advice for Safe Operation]

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


Forklift Safety Questions and Answers

Does OSHA have forklift regulations?

Forklifts are one of the most common types of vehicles used in many workplaces. They can be found in manufacturing, warehouses, shipping facilities, and much more. While the benefits of a forklift are obvious, the hazards associated with them can often be overlooked. This is why it is so important to take forklift safety throughout… 

Why would a forklift tip over?

When operated properly, forklifts are a great way to lift and move a variety of different types of objects in the workplace. They can safely transport pallets loaded with just about anything one can imagine, and bring it to the location where it is needed. Forklifts can, however, tip over if they aren’t operated properly.… 

Why is forklift safety training important?

A forklift is a very popular type of vehicle used in a variety of different work environments.  Compared to many other types of equipment, forklifts are also quite easy to operate. This can make it tempting to allow people to operate forklifts without the necessary training. Unfortunately, this can lead to significant hazards that could… 

Is forklift certification required?

 Forklift certifications are an interesting topic, and one where there is a lot of misinformation that people believe. OSHA requires that forklift operators be trained and certified before they can run a forklift on their own. They do not, however, offer any type of training or certification program. In addition, they don’t endorse or approve… 

Who needs a forklift certification?

Any facility that has to move large or heavy items around will typically want to have a forklift available to perform this task. Whenever a forklift is in use, an operator has to be behind the wheel controlling it. In order to be able to operate a forklift, individuals need to obtain a forklift certification.… 

Who issues forklift licenses?

In order to operate a forklift in the United States, OSHA requires that operators are certified to show that they know how to run these machines safely. Many people think that in order to drive a forklift one must attain a special forklift license, but that is not the case. Instead, it is only necessary… 

How often should forklift training be provided?

Providing employees with forklift training is an important part of keeping everyone safe. Forklift operators will obviously need the most training since they will be the ones performing the bulk of the duties on these machines. Other people who work with or around forklifts, however, will also benefit from proper training. Understanding what type of… 

Who should be trained on forklift safety?

Forklift safety training is an important part of minimizing hazards in the workplace. At first, most people would assume that only forklift operators will need forklift safety training, but that is not actually the case. Just about everyone who works with or around forklifts can benefit from at least some level of training. Of course,… 

How is forklift training conducted?

Forklift training is essential for all forklift operators. In fact, OSHA requires that forklift operators are properly trained and certified by their employer before they can operate this type of machinery. Employers are the ones who are directly responsible for ensuring all operator receive the training they need before they ever get behind the wheel… 

Can forklifts carry passengers?

Forklifts are known for being able to pick things up and transport them to various places within a facility. While they are great for moving lots of different things, they certainly aren’t designed for everything. When it comes to moving people, for example, a forklift should only be carrying the operator. Forklifts are not designed… 

Are forklifts more dangerous than a car?

Forklifts are a very common type of workplace vehicle which are used to move millions of tons of products each year. While they are an essential machine for many workplaces, they can also be very dangerous. In fact, workplace vehicles (including forklifts) are responsible for a large portion of all workplace accidents and fatalities. This… 

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 2019

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2019

Most common OSHA violations of 2019 This infographic includes the top ten safety violations OSHA observed during inspections in 2019. Many… 

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Most common OSHA violations in 2018 This illustrated list covers the most frequently cited OSHA standards compiled from the thousands of… 

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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