Don’t fool around with forklifts

This is a real WorkSafeBC incident report: “Three workers entered a work yard as a forklift operator was loading a semi-trailer. The three workers communicated to the forklift operator that they were all in a safe position but one worker snuck up behind the forklift to scare the operator. The forklift was in reverse, and […]

Forklift load safety and operator training

Unstable loads are dangerous and can cause injuries.  Even a light box flying off the forks or falling from height is going to harm pedestrians in its path.  Forklift operator training must cover load safety. Operators need to be able to assess if a load is within the capacity of the forklift, stable on the […]

Aerial Lift safety training

Forklift, boom lift or scissor lift use in a public area means the operator must ensure safety for pedestrians.   Not like this! Cones, cordons or flag persons help to keep people out of the working area.  In Martin’s Forklift corporate training programs we always cover this topic.

Forklift safety and speed

The safe speed for a forklift is one that will allow a controlled stop at all times.  A controlled stop is one that involves hitting nothing and not losing the load. What this means is that operators need to take into account the load, the ground conditions, the forklift’s tires and brake condition as well […]

Forklifts and pedestrian safety

Thousands of pedestrians are injured by forklifts every year.  Ideally pedestrians and forklifts should not be sharing the same space, but in the real working world it is not always possible to separate them.  So what can an employer do?   Train the forklift operators and educate the pedestrians.  Although pedestrians have the right of […]

Forklift safety is your responsibility

If you are an employer in BC you are responsible for ensuring your forklift operators have been trained. If you are an operator you are responsible for safe operation of your forklift. If you work near forklifts you are also responsible for your own safety by following pedestrian rules. And if you are a supervisor […]