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.
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 […]
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.
Employers, forklift operators, co-workers please remember that forklift safety is everybody’s responsibility, as summarized in the regulations. This means that operator training should be part of a larger comprehensive lift truck safety program that includes ongoing identification and prompt correction of hazardous situations; as well as monitoring and supervision to ensure that lift trucks are operated in […]
This is a classic example of a badly parked forklift. Forks are a serious tripping hazard for everybody. You an easily break your ankle or be cut by incorrectly positioned fork tips. All forklift training programs must cover correct parking and shutdown procedures. And guess who most often falls over the forks – the operator! […]
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 […]
Less product damage is an added benefit to professional forklift operator training. Operators need to be able to accurately judge: fork height, fork length, and tilt angle to avoid damaging loads. Broken pallets can further complicate safe handling. All subjects covered in our on-site forklift training.
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 […]
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 […]
Thank you to all the forklift and aerial lift operators we have trained in 2017 – from Campbell River to Parksville, Vancouver, Sechelt and beyond. Wishing you happy and safe holidays from Martin’s Forklift Training. Remember drive it slow, keep it low and look behind before you go and always be a “smooth operator”.