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Forklift Safety Compliance
Despite many safety procedures put into place, there are still plenty of accidents and deaths occurring on the job each year. While there are many jobs where employees are not exposed to any harm, there are still several industries where accidents are common and safety measures and policies must be put into place in order to protect the lives of workers, specifically in construction and manufacturing jobs and factories.
These accidents may occur due to a forklift driver who may be unaware that someone has crossed the path, due to obstruction of vision, or by others who get in the way or may not be paying attention to their surroundings. It is highly important that no matter what anyone is doing, when a machine is in operation, they pay attention to where it is, what it is doing, and to ensure that all other employees are also aware of their surroundings.
Companies may also incorporate policies to prevent common accidents, such as marking areas where employees are and are not allowed to be, upgrade vehicles to be equipped with mirrors to see all angles of the vehicle, encourage brighter clothing, and possibly require a second man to guide the forklift operator to the destination.
Check out this infographic, courtesy of Compliance and Safety, on safety in the workplace and the companies responsible for helping to keep you safe on the job.
Infographic submission from Matthew Pelletier, article summary by Matthew Gates
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FORKLIFTS & PEDESTRIANS DO NOT MIX
BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE IT WORK
100 DEATHS A YEAR
36% are pedestrians
Person Struck: 20%
Person Crushed: 16%
20,000 ever year caused by forklifts
Forklifts cause just 1% of all industrial accidents, but a whopping 10% of all injuries
MAKE PEOPLE SAFER
Separate people & vehicles
Erect physical barriers
Rails & gates protect more than paint lines
Limit some aisles to pedestrians or forklifts only
Evaluate intersections and high traffic areas to identify the most dangerous zones
Can drivers see workers afoot?
Require bright clothing
Train specific to pedestrian safety
Utilize sensors, mirrors, horns, and lights
Upgrade lighting and keep aisles clear
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