Professionally trained forklift operators are always smooth – this includes stopping, starting, lifting and tilting. How to be smooth? Use a light touch on the controls, don’t be ham-fisted on the levers or heavy footed on the pedals. A properly maintained forklift operated by a professional operator should be like a well-choreographed dance. Not only does this keep the machine and the load stable but also makes for a smoother ride for the operator and a safer workplace for all. So don’t be a jerk – be a smooth operator.
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
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
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