15 Apr Forklift Safety
Safety is paramount in the workplace. Heavy machinery, such as Forklifts, are excellent tools in most workplaces, however, if operated incorrectly, heavy machinery can cause severe injury and death. While Anderson Forklift will make sure that you understand the functions of the machine you’ve purchased, so that you may be better equipped to keep safe, there are still many things to consider with any Forklift you use in your workplace. Here are a few guidelines, all of which are considered good practice by OSHA.
Staying Safe While Operating a Forklift
The best advice anyone can give as to being safe around heavy machinery is to be aware of your surroundings: be aware of your position to other people, to structure, to any potential hazards. A Forklift can cause so much damage to the person driving it—tip over, or collide with goods which can fall into the cab—to other people in the workplace—a Forklift is incredibly heavy, and it can pin or crush a person—Also, you could damage goods. One way to practice good awareness is to check in every possible direction when starting from a stopped position. While you are operating the Forklift, keep your attention on the machine and the direction of travel. If you must check on something, bring the Forklift to a complete stop before you do so. Also, never allow passengers to ride on the Forklift, either standing on the edge of the cab or on the forks themselves—one slipup can lead to severe bodily injury or death. You should never use the Forklift for anything other than work; no horseplay, not ever. Also, always try to keep the view clear in the direction you’re moving. If you are unable to, then you should proceed with caution, as if anticipating possible problems. Your anticipation will hopefully curtail any surprise and a faster reaction time if something does happen.
If you have any questions as to the operation of your own Forklift, or would like to speak with Anderson Forklift about purchasing a new or use