Forklifts are some of the most common pieces of equipment in a warehouse, capable of moving large, heavy pallets of products across the workspace in a short amount of time. Despite their convenience and efficiency though, these machines can prove to be dangerous without the right safety protocol in place. In the tips below, we will go over some forklift safety tips for drivers and pedestrians so you can keep every person in your warehouse as safe as possible.
Perhaps the most obvious tip here is to only allow licensed, qualified workers to operate forklifts. Some forklifts require special training to operate, so make sure that you only allow the right employees to handle each task in your distribution center. With the right men and women behind the wheel, you can apply these forklift safety tips for operators:
If your drivers can follow these rule and other safety regulations you have in place for your business, you will be able to avoid a number of accidents in the workplace.
Just because you're not operating a forklift doesn't mean you can act however you want around it. Non-operating employees need to practice safety around forklifts just as much as the drivers do. Employ these safety measures in your warehouse:
In addition to all the tips listed above, you must understand the importance of maintenance in the world of forklift safety. Having a well-maintained machine will help you avoid accidents that occur from faulty operations. Forklifts can last for decades with proper care, but they have to be repaired and inspected regularly for that to happen. Protect your employees, your products, and your investment by keeping your forklifts maintained at all times.
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