Every day, your workers operate powered industrial trucks. However, with efficiency comes a greater risk for on-the-job injury. Providing total warehouse solutions to New Jersey and New York logistics and supply chain industries, Barclay Brand Ferdon carries an extensive inventory of material handling and warehouse equipment. Offering comprehensive safety training courses for lift truck, large machinery and general warehouse operations, Barclay’s highly knowledgeable trainers help enhance professionals’ understanding of safe equipment practices, providing mandatory training for compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards where applicable.
General Safety Procedures Regarding Powered Industrial Trucks
When handling materials with powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts, pallet jacks, lift trucks and aerial scissor or boom lifts, it’s crucial to have specific safety measures in place to prevent potential injury caused by improper operating techniques. As an example, when using a forklift, workers should always center the load on the forks as close to the mast as possible. This will cut down on the potential for the load falling off or the truck tipping over. Other basic safety procedures include:
- Consider the weight, size and shape of the load when choosing the piece of equipment to be used
- Do not overload a lift truck, which could potentially impair controls and cause the truck to tip over
- Always keep the load in the lowest position when traveling
- Abide by the manufacturer’s operational requirements and precautions
- Correctly pile and layer all stacked loads
- Ensure that the equipment-rated capacity is displayed on every piece of equipment, and do not exceed this limit, except for load testing
Prevent Injuries With Proper Training
The best way to prevent workplace accidents is to train employees on the proper use and restrictions of the powered industrial trucks they operate. This includes making workers aware of safety requirements related to the design, maintenance and use of this equipment. Per OSHA recommendations, safety training for warehouse environments should emphasize several key factors. Workers must be advised of the dangers of lifting materials without proper training and taught how to correctly use equipment prior to operation. Employees should also be able to recognize potential hazards and prevent or correct the situation to ensure safe use.
Learn About Barclay’s Safety Training Programs
Whether you’d rather have safety training conducted at your facility or at our NJ training center, Barclay offers several training programs and flexible scheduling to fit into your busy agenda. Register online for any of our comprehensive safety training courses, or view our OSHA-compliant safety training class schedule.