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Forklift Safety in the Workplace

Forklifts and pedestrians don’t always mix well, but we have to make it work. In this Monthly Safety Topic message, we’re providing some helpful safety tips to prevent pedestrian injury from a forklift or motorized pallet jack.

According to EHS Today, 36% of forklift-related deaths are pedestrians every year. In addition, 20,000 serious injuries are caused by forklifts every year. While forklifts are involved in just 1% of all industrial accidents annually, they are involved in 10 percent of all annual industrial injures!

FOLLOW THESE 10 SAFETY TIPS TO PREVENT INJURY FROM A FORKLIFT OR POWERED PALLET JACK:

  1. Only operate a forklift or powered pallet jack if you have been trained and certified by the company.
  2. Keep at least six (6) feet away from a forklift depositing a pallet until the truck has backed away or left.
  3. Never walk or stand under the elevated forks, with or without a load.
  4. If a forklift is coming toward you, move out of the way. A forklift typically weighs at least 1½ tons when it is empty, and cannot maneuver easily.
  5. Forklift drivers are required to slow down and honk their horn at aisles or other locations where visibility is obscured. If you hear a forklift horn, stop and wait for the forklift to pass, and then proceed slowly with caution.
  6. Report all blocked exits, aisles and/or emergency equipment to your supervisor.
  7. Always walk within painted lines and avoid the forklift aisles.
  8. Never transport people via a forklift, either in the cab or on the forklift itself.
  9. Stay away from battery changing/charging or refueling areas unless you have been trained to safely maneuver these areas.
  10. There are very specific rules for lifting people in a personnel platform mounted on a forklift. Doherty does not allow our employees to work with this type of equipment. Let our workforce know that they should notify a Doherty representative immediately if they are asked to perform this duty.

Following these 10 tips can help ensure you and our workforce stay safe when working around powered industrial trucks!

Remember, safety begins with you!

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