One of the tools that are used most frequently on construction sites is the forklift. These powered industrial vehicles are used to carefully and precisely lift and move objects.
Even though forklifts are strong, however, operating any industrial machine involves risk. It is crucial to make sure personnel are taught proper forklift safety precautions as an estimated one million or more forklifts are in use.
Forklift accidents are thought to result in approximately 34,900 serious injuries and 85 death incidents per year, according to figures from the OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration).
The fact that 25% of these mishaps are the consequence of insufficient training is even more concerning, demonstrating the value of teaching every employee the vital guidelines for safe forklift operation.
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The following are a few safety rules that have been recommended by OSHA to be followed by all forklift users.
- Get forklift certification
No untrained or uncertified people be asked to handle your forklifts during the operation.
- Wear proper clothing
Forklift operators must wear the appropriate safety equipment, such as hardhats, safety shoes, and a high-visibility jacket.
- Know the forklift class
OSHA has classified the forklifts under several categories and the right categories must be used.
- Inspect the equipment daily
Daily checks must be done by the shift supervisor to identify any problems or defects.
- Maintain 360⁰ visibility
Always ensure that operator have a proper view of the rack while positioning the load.
- Implement a floor marking system
A floor marking system will help increase worker safety. Use yellow markings for physical hazards.
- Maintain equipment capacity
Avoid hauling any weight that may exceed the counterweight of your forklift under use.
- Never carry extra people
Always avoid using the forklift for lifting people, as forklifts are usually designed for carrying loads.
- Pay attention to the stability of a forklift
Always consider the centre of gravity while the operator sits on the forklift so that he remains in a stable position.
- Ensure loads are secure and stable
While placing loads on your loading dock, ensure to check them for proper balance.
- Move at the right speed
Drive your forklift well within the desired speed limits.
- Maintain a safe operating distance
Avoid operating a forklift in close proximity to any other machinery unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Avoid hazardous areas of your equipment
Never stand or walk under a load, forklift attachment
or lifting mechanism.
- Refuel and recharge your forklift
It is important to keep your forklift equipment fully charged and also fuelled.
- Park your forklift after the shift
Always at the end of the work shift, park the forklift in the authorized areas.
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