Shift workers and forklifts

A recent study by Toronto’s Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has found that evening-shift and nightshift workers have a higher injury risk than daytime workers, but workers are even more at risk when they switch between shift schedules.

This is no surprise to us.  When training night shift workers to operate forklifts we always find a lower level of concentration.  Is this because they have two jobs and are always sleepy?  We don’t know, but of course it does mean more risk.  Any operator of a forklift needs to be constantly alert.  When you get behind the wheel of a forklift that weighs at least two to three times the weight of an average car and is working in small spaces with people and product all around, you need both eyes open and brain working.