Forklift Safety

Sometimes we can get complacent with things that we've been doing for a long time, however safety isn't something that we should ever become complacent with and it should always be at the forefront of our minds.

Forklift safety is important not only for the user, but for the pedestrians that work in the same area too. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), forklift trucks account for approximately 25% of work-transport accidents in the UK.

So what can we do to make sure that we're following all the safety guidelines and operating at the safest level possible?

 

Provide proper training

Not only is it a legal obligation, but it will significantly help to reduce the high percentage of accidents caused by forklifts, keeping everyone safe. Maintaining 3 points of contact when entering or exiting is one of the most important rules of training. This means you should keep one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot on the truck at all times until you are sitting.

Provide the correct safety wear

Regular safety inspections

 

Safe loading procedures

Many accidents can be caused by unsafe loads, and the lack of understanding of the consequences. You must always check to make sure your load is not unevenly balanced, unsecured, too heavy or even too high. These can all have an effect on the truck and can cause it to lose balance and tip.

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