Protect Workers Operating and Working Near Forklifts

Forklifts are an essential piece of equipment in many workplaces, especially in
warehousing and manufacturing. Although these vehicles make work more
efficient, they can pose serious hazards to those operating or working near
them. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) reminds employers and workers that these hazards can be
prevented by following safe practices and ensuring that workers are properly

There are many types of powered industrial trucks. Each type presents different
operating hazards. For example, a sit-down, counterbalanced high-lift rider
truck is more likely than a motorized hand truck to be involved in a falling
load accident because the sit-down rider truck can lift a load much higher than
a hand truck. Workplace type and conditions are also factors in hazards
commonly associated with powered industrial trucks. For example, retail
establishments often face greater challenges than other worksites in
maintaining pedestrian safety.

Taking the following steps can protect workers from forklift hazards.

  • Always wear seatbelts when operating a forklift.

  • Never exceed the rated load, and ensure loads are balanced.

  • Make sure you have enough clearance when raising and loading materials.

  • Watch for pedestrians and observe speed limits.

  • Keep a safe distance from platform and ramp edges.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration