Increasing Forklift Safety in the Workplace
Forklift accidents are unfortunate circumstances that can occur in warehousing and transportation businesses. Increasing Forklift Safety in the Workplace is something all employers should be doing.
It has been well documented that forklift trucks are responsible for more serious accidents at work than cars and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV). Furthermore, according to the OEA 2021 statistics, there are 34,900 serious, and 61,800 non-serious injuries resulting from forklift truck accidents annually.
What’s more noteworthy is that In some cases, accidents may even occur even if the forklift truck is being used safely so it is important to minimise possible accidents as much as possible to prevent these accident related statistics from rising. With this in mind, below we have listed some products and services which will help prevent accidents.
Line Marking Speed Zones
Speeding still remains to be one of the common causes for catastrophes to occur in the warehouse with hundreds of cases recorded every year of forklift trucks being driven at unnecessarily high speeds. With this in mind, Fastline Services recommends line marking maximum speed zones and areas. Clealy signing out what speed limits are in certain areas. This will help to make sure that operators know the designated speed limit where ever they are operating.
Racking failure is a type of forklift accident that can become catastrophic if the wrong circumstances come into play. Products like Rackguard can significantly help to reduce accidental damage and injury.
RackGuard™ is designed to protect rack legs and uprights from front, side and scrape impacts by workplace vehicles.
RackGuard works by absorbing and deflecting impacts. It transfers energy around the rack leg rather than through it, preventing damage and maintaining the structural integrity of the racking system.
Protection on rack ends is also a great way to help reduce forklift truck incidents and accidents. Rack end barriers are designed to protect the end of racking aisles, where turning vehicles and equipment can impact vulnerable racking structures.
Lastly, training is the most crucial preventative measure if you want accidents to be greatly reduced in the warehouse.
Operators should already have sufficiant training to operate forktrucks in a warehouse. Even if you have experienced operators working in your warehouse, you should encourage them to take the refresher course to brush up on their knowledge of operating forklift and will greatly reduce the risk of accidents occurring around the workplace.
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