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Forklift Safety Blog Posts

Dec 06
You really can’t be too safe at work, especially when using forklifts and transporting heavy pallets of material. Every year, hundreds of accidents happen involving forklifts, most of which could have been avoided if appropriate safety protocols had been followed. A safety champion can help your workplace avoid injury and create positive effects on overall employee welfare and workplace safety. What is a Safety Champion? A safety champion is the person in charge of safety awareness in a warehouse or …
Nov 29
Forklifts are amazing mechanical inventions, designed to streamline and simplify material handling processes, but they are also – like any piece of heavy machinery – dangerous when not handled correctly. When used properly, a forklift can make an entire day’s worth of work a matter of an hour or two, shifting and organizing inventory in neat rows and stacks. Carelessness, however, can cause significant danger and injury. How can you minimize the chances of a harmful incident in your warehouse or loadi…
Oct 25
While time and money mean that productivity and speed are important, safety is always number one when it comes to forklift operation. These eight best practices are ones that can keep your warehouse or on-site work location safe, sane, and efficient.  Maintenance. Forklifts have a service schedule for a reason, and abiding by the schedule can minimize unexpected breakdowns. Maybe a part looks OK, but if it’s past its use by date, a new one could save you more than the cost of putting it on. Proper m…
Oct 18
Operating a rough terrain forklift carries an entirely new set of challenges compared to indoor use on a level surface. Safe operation requires advanced skill and training in forklift usage, and specific protocols should be followed to ensure safety of the operator and others in the vicinity. Follow these guidelines to keep your operation safe. Check Your Vehicle A forklift that suddenly malfunctions can be a serious hazard, especially with a load in place. Damage to product or injury to personnel can b…
Oct 04
Accident prevention should be a priority in any warehouse. Protocols should be in place for each aspect of each task performed, and staff should be well trained to follow safety protocols. Forklift operation is one of the most potentially dangerous job son the floor, so here are some tips for preventing forklift accidents. Forklift accident prevention planning has three separate components. First, a clear set of policies should be put in place. Second, any needed changes to the workplace should be implem…
Sep 30
This isn’t my first rodeo! The words echoed by many seasoned and salty forklift operators that have been in the material handling business for years. Whether its procurement, distribution or logistics those with advanced expertise are never keen to be told how to do their job when they have already mastered the trade. However, there is always a need to improve. Instead of regurgitating redundancies, there are some practices that even the most knowledgeable forklift operator should always strive to adhere …
Sep 27
Lifting devices such as forklifts can expose workers to hazards and the risk of serious physical injury. The workplace has responsibilities, not the least of which is to put into place and enforce safety measures and precautions to help avoid serious accidents and injuries caused by lifting machines. These responsibilities include (but aren’t limited to): Maintenance. Forklifts must be maintained and kept in good condition to avoid mechanical or operational failure. Preventive inspection and mainten…