Operate A Forklift? Here Is How You Can Minimize Accidents
Accidents often occur in warehouses and industrial environments while employees use machinery such as forklifts. However, warehouse managers, supervisors, and drivers can take steps to help reduce accidents caused by forklifts. Let’s look further at what you can do to maximize workplace safety.
Only Licensed Drivers Should Operate A Forklift
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires everyone who operates a forklift first to become certified to drive a forklift. To avoid special fines, forklift operators must be recertified every three years. When only trained individuals operate forklifts, you can help limit the likelihood of harm. Personnel operating a forklift without proper training might endanger themselves and others, their materials, and the surrounding environment.
Check Your Load Before Moving
Before putting pallets onto a forklift, properly inspect the cargo for damaged planks, protruding nails, and missing support blocks. If the load is adequately stacked, wrapped, and loaded, there is less risk that a forklift will cause further damage when loading and carrying it.
Make Sure Your Area Has Proper Lighting
Low or insufficient illumination is frequent in warehouses or work areas. Accidents can be prevented by improving the lighting in the forklift work area, as well as in packaging, picking, putting away, and product handling. Clear, natural lighting allows employees to see, feel, and perform better.
Keep Aisles And Other Paths Clear
Forklifts are not intended to swerve and avoid obstructions. To avoid forklift damage, warehouse lanes should be clean of debris or litter. If a forklift must make its way around a block in a gallery or on the floor, its cargo is more likely to slip and drop, or the forklift may collide with the shelves and pallets, causing damage to the forklift, the pack and all other products in the area.
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