The most common hazards associated with forklift operation are: the forklift tipping over, possibly injuring or crushing the operator or damaging equipment; workers falling from the forklift; pedestrians being struck either by the forklift itself or by a falling load; and damage to equipment, facilities or materials being transported.
The way forklifts are designed and used contribute to these hazards:
- Forklifts have a high center of gravity, particularly when their load is raised. This makes them susceptible to tipping or rolling over.
- They are heavy – much heavier than comparably sized cars and trucks.
- Forklifts usually steer from the rear rather than the front, making them swing wide when turning.
- Forward visibility is often reduced when they are carrying a load.
- They are often used in enclosed spaces, warehouses and areas with blind corners.
As with using other heavy equipment, proper training and safe operation are the key to controlling their inherent hazards.
Violations related to Forklifts/ Powered Industrial Trucks are on OSHA’s Top 10 list of compliance violations. If OSHA inspected your workplace tomorrow, would you be able to demonstrate that your workers understand the safety hazards associated with forklifts and that they understand how to operate them properly? Could you prove that they have received training? We can help!
When your workers have taken Vubiz’ “Forklift Safety” course, they will be able to:
- Recognize the different types of forklifts.
- Describe the safety hazards associated with forklifts and how to avoid them.
- Explain how to operate a forklift safely.
- Explain how to carry and handle loads safely in various circumstances.
- Recognize the importance of pre-operation checks and forklift maintenance.
When you purchase access to this and other Vubiz courses, your workers’ learning is automatically recorded in a Learning Management System (LMS), so you can see who has successfully completed the training and when. Your training records are generated automatically! Courses are also available to be put on your LMS if you have one.
Did you know that OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week is August 12-18, 2019? OSHA sets this week aside every year for companies to celebrate their safety and health successes. Providing safety training is a great way for your company to participate, and we can help. If you purchase Hazard Communication for your workers by August 18, we’ll give you 20% off the regular price if you use the coupon code Safe+Sound2019.
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