Accidents happen because we are merely human. However, there are ways to avoid them, especially in work situations. Procedure and policy are written and followed for your safety and the safety of co-workers and others. Missteps and mishaps are diverted by following a few standard rules.
The Key Of Communication
The noise of a work site is already overwhelming. With the addition of a forklift, a driver cannot always hear what is happening or what is needed. Appointed lights and signals should be utilized to signal incoming traffic or workers that are nearby. If equipment is in poor shape and you do not trust the lights, then you should initiate hand signals that convey specific things. Do not even rely on merely the backup alarm to always function properly. Make communications clear.
Scrutinizing Over Safety
Human error is often the source of failed equipment or damaged forklifts. A checklist the best policy when it comes to check-ups on your fleet.
- Hydraulic Fluid requires regular checks. It damages equipment while also keeping the forklift operator safe.
- Do not assume a co-worker fueled the forklift. Always check gas levels before and after using the equipment.
- Batteries are the source of your forklift’s energy. Overlooking their maintaining is easy. You can check your dashboard for electricity levels or manually check the battery’s voltage to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- To operate a forklift, you must be certified. The certification is checked every three years by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for your safety and that of others.
- To obtain a certification to work a forklift, you must be 18-years-old or older and have a high school degree or the equivalent. Additional training may be required by your employer depending on who you are working the forklift for.
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