Manufacturers are installing more and more safety gadgets on mobile equipment – which is a good thing. But . . . at the end of the day the most important safety feature on the machine is the operator. The operator is responsible for the safe operation of the forklift at all times. All the bells and whistles are aids only, they go a long way to assisting in safe operation but an operator should never rely on them alone. Good judgement, excellent eyesight, constant vigilance make a good operator. Kitting out the machine with every possible safety device can never compensate for a bad operator.
Forklift safety comes down to training and supervision. You can’t expect an untrained operator to drive safely, and even after professional training operators need to be supervised on an ongoing basis. Employers are responsible for ensuring operators have the right training.Read more
2018 again saw too many forklift accidents, from tip-overs to collisions with pedestrians and damaged products or racking throughout BC. The best way employers can minimize accidents is to make sure operators have been properly trained. Don’t become a statistic in 2019, get professional on-site training.Read more