I was recently in New Zealand, a country that takes forklift safety and training seriously. I was quite surprised therefore to see at a municipal refuse dump a forklift operator driving with his load and forks up at least 4 feet. This is in an area with the public walking around dumping their garbage. I am short so 4 feet could be quite lethal if I walked into the forks. Even for taller individuals forks can penetrate important parts of their bodies. So the message is if on foot beware the forklift and its forks, if you are the operator bring the forks down whenever you are travelling.
Reported incidents with forklifts in BC in the last 6 months include fractures, internal injuries, crushing and bruising. Often it is not the operator but a pedestrian who is injured. Employers please remember just training the operators is not enough, you must also ensure you systematically supervise safe operation and all that entails. Identifying and […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more