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Forklift Operators: Defenders of Pedestrian Safety in the Workplace

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pedestrians forklift blurred warehouse rackingForklift operators have two critical jobs to account for in addition to their daily tasks: keeping themselves safe and ensuring pedestrian safety in their work environments. However, pedestrian safety might also be increased if non-operators take simple precautions when walking in areas of forklift use. Ultimately, it’s about developing a culture of communication and awareness that keeps everyone safer in any environment. Here are some ideas that you can explore to potentially make your work space safer. Continue reading

Do Your Forklift Operators Really Know?

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forklift operator trainingNot long ago, we were doing some driving evaluations at a customer location; most of the forklift operators were highly skilled and we had no problem finding them competent to operate the lifts and certifying them for their environment. There were, however, a few operators that complained about the difficulty of the things we asked of them during the hands on evaluation phase. They stated “I don’t usually lift items that high, or I don’t often have to load a trailer, or I never have to drive in reverse!” They also stated that the last time they were evaluated they were exempt from having to do those more difficult skills by the trainer at the time. That statement provoked several thoughts, the first was that they might have to perform those tasks at some future time when no one else was available to do them, or if they moved to another department where it might be required. The second was that we don’t offer “junior” forklift permits for forward only or for just the first two layers of storage rack. Continue reading

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Forklift, Safety|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

3 Forklift Safety Areas: Parking, Lifting, Traveling

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toyota forklift in useForklift operators need to remember specific rules for safety while they are working. Some may be more important in your workplace and you may know of some others that are only necessary where you work. In either case, supervisors need to know all the rules to help forklift operators stay safe.

Remember, while your operator’s manual is a great source of forklift information, it is not a training manual for new operators. Lift trucks are so much different than cars that even experienced automobile drivers need formal training, and OSHA requires it! Continue reading

By | April 1st, 2015|Categories: Forklift, Safety|Tags: , , |4 Comments

8 Simple Forklift Rules for Your Safety

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cover forklift operators manualForklift operators need to remember specific rules for safety while they are working. Some may be more important in your workplace and you may know of some others that are only necessary where you work. In either case, supervisors need to know all the rules to help forklift operators stay safe.

Remember, while your operator’s manual is a great source of forklift information, it is not a training manual for new operators. Lift trucks are so much different than cars that even experienced automobile drivers need formal training, and OSHA requires it!

Many of these rules are in the OSHA, ANSI, National Safety Council, and other publications are in your operator’s manual. However, not all the information you need will in your manual, so please study them when setting your work rules.

Use the operator section of your operator’s manual as a starter to develop workplace rules that keep your plant safe. Call meetings with your people to explain your rules — post them where they can be read and enforce them.

8 Forklift Rules for Safety

  1. Daily Check: OSHA requires daily or each shift checks of major equipment, perform them!
  2. Don’t operate faulty equipment. Report problems and tag machine so others will not use it.
  3. Capacity: Capacity is based on load and length of load. Either condition in excess can cause loads to fall or tip a truck over.
  4. Maintenance: Operators are to perform only authorized simple maintenance such as charging the battery or checking fluid levels. Authorized, specially trained mechanics are needed to repair trucks. Park a truck that needs to be repaired. Don’t risk injury by trying to fix it.
  5. Truck Application: Know the ways your truck can operate safely. Don’t try to operate on rough ground.
  6. Ramps/Inclines: Travel loaded with load uphill at all times. Never turn or park on an incline.
  7. Stay Protected: Don’t travel with legs, arms or head outside the overhead guard. Watch for long objects that could come into the compartment as you travel. Never put hands or feet through the mast.
  8. Rules of the road: Unless directed otherwise by your employer, signs, etc., keep right; no passing at intersections or other dangerous places. Use horn only when necessary for signaling. Give pedestrians right-of-way.

We would enjoy hearing from you on your ideas for safety. Post your ideas or comments below, let’s start a dialog.

For more information, insights or conversations regarding your forklift or material handling needs. You can visit our online contact form, call me at 763-315-9288 or email kthill@toyotaequipment.com. We would welcome the opportunity to cover your material handling questions or concerns. Toyota Lift of Minnesota works very hard to be your partner, and material handling consultant. You can also use our contact form below!

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By | March 25th, 2015|Categories: Forklift, Safety|Tags: , , |0 Comments

5 Basic Workplace Rules for Forklift Operators

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forklift and paper roll clampForklift operators need to remember specific rules for safety while they are working. Some may be more important in your workplace and you may know of some others that are only necessary where you work. In either case, supervisors need to know all the rules to help forklift operators stay safe.

Remember, while your operator’s manual is a great source of forklift information, it is not a training manual for new operators. Lift trucks are so much different than cars that even experienced automobile drivers need formal training, and OSHA requires it! Continue reading

By | March 4th, 2015|Categories: Forklift, Safety|Tags: , , |0 Comments

4 Forklift Workplace Safety Concerns

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There are many safety factors surrounding forklifts and their use. For example the features included with your forklift, such as seat belts, the overhead guard, ergonomic seats and with Toyota forklifts the System of Active Stability. Drivers should be properly trained and supervised, and you should also pay close attention to the workplace environment. What circumstances to your personnel and forklifts operate in? Continue reading

By | February 4th, 2015|Categories: Forklift, Safety|Tags: , |0 Comments

Safety: Fire and Fire Extinguisher Training

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forklift burnt by fireFire extinguishers are everywhere in the workplace, thankfully few of us ever have the need to use one. That however doesn’t preclude the need cited by OSHA that we be trained in fire safety and the use of fire extinguishers. Continue reading

By | August 6th, 2014|Categories: Safety|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Footwear as Insurance

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walking tech in safety shoesTake a close look at our technician the next time you see him in your business, or even look at our parts people the next time you visit us. You might notice them sporting a new pair of boots. One of the practices we follow is to insure all our personnel who work in or near the shop are shod in the proper safety footwear. Continue reading

By | November 5th, 2013|Categories: Forklift, Safety, Service|Tags: , , |0 Comments

8 Fast Forklift Safety Points

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safety_alt_logo-300x229Often they tell us it’s the little things that sneak up and harm you. When you work on or around forklifts on a day to day basis, some precautions can be lost due to complacency. Take a moment to make sure you or your staff is practicing the simple safety procedures. The rewards although often unseen are big. Continue reading

By | May 15th, 2013|Categories: Forklift, Safety|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Safety: Where Your Government Has Done Right

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Warehouse ManagerYou’re busy we know and there is just so much your responsible for, not the least of which is your career. Take a step towards protecting that by focusing on safety for just a moment. If you or yours are responsible for the use of forklifts in your workplace, you do need to take the time to understand the basics about forklift safety. Continue reading

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By | December 11th, 2012|Categories: Forklift, Safety|Tags: , , |0 Comments