Forklift operation is a task that requires the driver to have the proper skills and training. The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) states 70 percent of work accident and injuries related incident happen in the workplace when people ignore the safety measures.
In Australia, the Australian Standard AS2359.2 of 1985 Powered Industrial Trucks sets the regulations for operating, maintaining, repairing, and modifying of the forklift trucks. It is mandatory that companies and individuals operating such machinery should comply with the requirements.
Here is a sample checklist that ensures the safety of the operator and other employees/people.
Understand the main causes of injuries and accidents:
- Pedestrians crashing or getting stuck by the forklifts
- Operators being crashed during loading and off-loading
- People falling on the forks from raised surfaces
- Workplace design
- The forklift operating area should be different from pedestrian zone
- Are there barriers to protect pedestrians?
- Are there zebra crossings and walkways for pedestrians?
- Are there any mirrors or warning sites at all blind spots?
Is the machine ideal for use on all operating surfaces in the workplace?
Is it the appropriate size?
Does it have a fitted seatbelt?
Does it have a readable chart and do the employees understand it?
Does it have a speed control device fitted to it?
Skills of operator
Is the operator qualified to run the machine?
Are they licensed?
Who is supervising the unlicensed operators, if any?
Do the operators understand the safety hazards and safe working procedures?
What is the procedure for reporting damages or incidents?
Is there a pre-operational checklist for each machine?
Is there maintenance and repair records?
Answering NO to any of the questions means there is room for disaster to occur. It is crucial to implement the controls for the sake of the employees’ health and safety. If you are looking for a forklift for sale, you should consider these pointers!