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How to prevent forklift accidents?

Date: 2022-03-13 View:

 How to prevent forklift accidents?

Accidents caused by forklifts are very common. These accidents happen for many reasons, but the reality is that most accidents are preventable and avoidable.

Main risks when transporting goods by forklift

Forklifts can cause accidents of various degrees of severity in warehouses, the following are the most common

- collision
- forklift overturned
- load drop
- Person falls
- Forklift fell from height
- Fire and explosion
- Joint trauma
- Poisoning and suffocation

How to prevent forklift accidents? Primary precautions:

1. Training safety awareness

The main measure to avoid accidents is the correct training of operators for the daily use of machinery: theoretical practical courses, specific training for different types of forklifts (counter-balance, reach, electric pallet trucks) Differentiation for each make or model feature.

Train operators on the proper way to get on and off the truck to avoid back or other body injuries due to incorrect ergonomics.

Drivers are aware of the need to strictly follow all rules and precautions related to forklift 
handling and driving. For example, always wear a seat belt while driving, and use personal protective equipment (PPE): helmet, boots, gloves, etc. corresponding.

2. Driving related measures

- Never drive faster than 10 km/h in closed spaces and 20 km/h in open spaces. In this sense, it is important to place signs warning of these limitations.
- Reduce speed when turning or turning.
- Your speed is even slower in wet or slippery floor areas.
- Provides a 30 degree steering system for the truck on the forklift seat for reverse operation.
- Optimal visibility throughout the job. To do this, use mirrors at intersections and corners.
- When carrying bulky loads, use a booster seat or suspension seat.
- Detect glare areas and take appropriate measures to avoid glare.
- Provide sufficient space for forklift traffic and all necessary maneuvers.
- Always lift the forks approximately 15 cm off the ground and drive with a rearward tilt.
- Drive on suitable slopes. It is also recommended to do it in the opposite direction of the ramp for better control.
- Equip the forklift with an anti-tip device.
- Do not let the forklift go up and down the curb to avoid accidents and impact on the machine itself or the goods.
- Equip forklifts with beacons (revolving lights), especially in cold storage or very noisy warehouses, so as not to hear how the machine is approaching, which can lead to accidents.
- Put an anti-skid bracket on the chassis and a handle on the truck gantry.
- Carefully adjust the height and level of the forklift seat.

3. Avoid dangerous situations

- Do not drive recklessly.
- Never carry additional passengers in a single-seat forklift.
- Never use a forklift to lift people to pick up materials, make repairs, or for any other reason. It is one of the most common causes of falls and can sometimes have very serious consequences.