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How to operate the forklift safely

stepping behind the wheel. Other employees working in proximity of forklifts should receive forklift safety training just as well. In fact, statistics indicate that 20 percent of all forklift accidents involve pedestrians. In other words, pedestrian safety in the workplace is not an issue to be taken lightly.

 

 

Forklift accidents involving pedestrians
Most forklift accidents which involve pedestrians occur because the pedestrian simply did not see the forklift coming or because the forklift operator did not see them approaching. Blind corners are often to blame, as are loud noises or plain old distraction.

stepping behind the wheel. Other employees working in proximity of forklifts should receive forklift safety training just as well. In fact, statistics indicate that 20 percent of all forklift accidents involve pedestrians. In other words, pedestrian safety in the workplace is not an issue to be taken lightly.

Tips to improve forklift safety for pedestrians
Keep forklifts and pedestrians separated as much as possible by clearly marking pedestrian-only and forklift-only routes and areas with signs, paint and physical barriers.
Have your workers wear visibility vests at all times.
Make sure all forklifts are equipped with curved mirrors, a horn and a backup warning indicator.

Inform all your workers of these common safety rules:
Forklifts and pedestrians must always keep at least four feet between them.
Never cut corners.
Forklift operators must sound the horn whenever they approach a corner or an intersection.
Pedestrians must stop, listen and look both ways whenever they approach a corner or an intersection.
Always make eye contact with a forklift operator before approaching them.
Don’t talk to other workers, read papers or engage in other types of distracting activities when you’re in an area where there is forklift traffic.


Keep forklifts and pedestrians separated as much as possible by clearly marking pedestrian-only and forklift-only routes and areas with signs, paint and physical barriers.
Have your workers wear visibility vests at all times.
Make sure all forklifts are equipped with curved mirrors, a horn and a backup warning indicator.

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