Be aware of the height of the forklift when entering or exiting buildings and pay attention to the lifting capacity of your lift truck. These steps will help to avoid product and equipment damage, as well as employee injury.
Here at Barclay, we pride ourselves on promoting the highest level of workplace safety through our OSHA compliant safety training programs and safety equipment.
While we are well aware that OSHA holds employers accountable for maintaining a safe and healthful work environment, we believe that employee safety is a shared responsibility, to be accomplished through safety awareness and diligence by all employees.
Obstructed vision is one of the leading causes for forklift accidents. Ask for someone to help you when working in a narrow space. Use predetermined signals to ensure solid communication and safety. Always look right and left before proceeding. If you can’t see, sound your horn to let others know you are coming so they can be out of the way.
The point of a forklift is to safely move products up or down or across a warehouse facility. Improper loading techniques cannot only damage product but can seriously injure the operator or someone else. Do not use the fork tip as a lever to raise a heavy load or to push a load, and do not use the tilt cylinder to pull a load. This can result in costly damages to the forklift. Use pallets that can stand the weight of the load. Do not use damaged, deformed or decayed pallets and skids.
Much like a car or truck, forklifts improve efficiency and allow us to move more products quicker. They also require the same easy steps to keep the operator safe. Always remember to fasten your seat belt. A lot of accidents can be avoided with a simple “click!” Also be mindful of your speed and surroundings. Observe the rules of your work site and operate the forklift appropriately.
Barclay is all about safety in the work place. That is why we offer one of the most comprehensive course selections for operator training and related industrial training in the New Jersey – New York area. Barclay offers Safety Training classes to include OSHA compliance, forklift training, aerial equipment training, fall protection and food safety. In fact, we have proudly trained thousands of warehouse, plant and management personnel. Today’s safety tip is the first in a series of safety tips we will present over the next few weeks. The safety tips are from Yale’s respected “Forklift Safety Tips” poster that has set the industry standard for years.