We have said it before and we will say it again, are goal is to have zero injures to our works so we are serious about forking safety, and you should be too.
Forklifts are used to lift, stack and transfer loads in many workplaces.
Even while travelling at very slow speeds, forklifts can potentially crush and severely injure pedestrians, tip over or lose its load.
Forklift safety is very important and Workers can protect themselves when they are working near forklifts by using their senses and common sense.
Pedestrians must learn to listen and look for warning signs that indicate a forklift is nearby so they can take steps to avoid the forklift. They should:
Listen for the sound of forklift horns. Forklift operators should sound the horn when approaching intersections, corners, blind spots, other forklifts, and areas with pedestrians.
Listen for the sound of backup alarms. Most forklifts have a backup alarm that sounds whenever the forklift is moving in reverse.
Listen for the sounds of the forklift engine. The engines of combustion forklifts will be louder when the forklift is traveling or when the forklift is raising a load. However, because electric forklifts are usually very quiet, listening for engine noise from them will not help.
Look for flashing lights. Stop and look both ways before entering a forklift lane, crossing an aisle, walking up to a blind corner, or walking across an intersection where forklifts travel and stick to pedestrian zones.
Walk single file along the side of an aisle that has forklift traffic or keep to designated walking aisles
DO NOT RUN IN FRONT OF FORKLIFTS!!!!
You are most at risk of being hit by a forklift or its load if you are
- walking alongside it
- picking stock off a nearby shelf
- walking in between it and a delivery vehicle
- stepping in to its path,
- assisting with loading/unloading
- Be aware that a forklift operators field of vision is obscured by the mast and load – don’t assume they have seen you.
Comply with the operating instructions.
Use the forklift truck only for the purpose for which it was designed.
Carry out a daily safety inspection of the forklift before you operate the forklift.
Remain seated while the forklift is moving and do not lean outside of the unit.
Slow down when travelling close to obstacles, other vehicles, or pedestrians.
Maintain a clear view ahead and behind (using a correctly adjusted rear view mirror) and give clear indication of your intentions.
Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
Use the horn at intersections and blind corners
Follow speed limits and slow down
Drive carefully on wet or slippery surfaces.
Reduce speed when making a turn.
Drive in reverse if vision is obscured by a bulky load.
Slow down on sloping or uneven ground.
Wear high visibility clothing.
Do not carry passengers.
Forklift drivers have a duty of care and under the law are lawfully responsible for any accidents caused.
However this does not mean pedestrians have right of way. Pedestrians must follow our forklift safety rules!
Should anyone have any concerns in regards to a forklift driver or pedestrian please come and see us, all complaints will be held in a sensitive timely and confidential manner.
Remember safety is everyone’s responsibility