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News: Building Supply Company Fined for Fatal Forklift Accidents

Capture.jpgSome industries are more dangerous than others, and certain kinds of equipment pose higher risks. Recently, a San Francisco warehouse worker died in a tragic forklift accident. Such accidents aren’t uncommon, but they’re often preventable. In the wake of this man’s death, the company he worked for incurred $62,000 in safety violations.

To protect your employees and keep your company solvent, consider these forklift safety tips and ensure that your company follows compliance regulations related to heavy machinery.

Tips for Forklift Safety

Always ensure you’re in compliance with industry standards, and wear safety equipment. Some other tips to keep your team safe when using a forklift include:

  • Check equipment and the area before use. It takes less than a minute to do a quick visual inspection of the equipment, and that minute can ensure there are no obvious impediments to using the equipment. Also look for hazards on the floor, like spills, bumps, or holes.
  • Check loads after a bump. After driving over small hazards (such as wood shards), your load might have shifted. It only takes a moment to check that your load is in balance.
  • Be cautious on ramps. When driving a forklift, drive forward when going up ramps, but use reverse to go downhill. Never load or unload on the ramp.
  • Announce yourself. Whether by voice or horn, make sure others are alerted to your movements. If places where the voice gets drowned in other noise, ensure your horn is in working order.
  • Pay attention to stops. Only stop when there’s enough space for you to do so safely.

Use Products Engineered for Safety

Due to the possibility of accidents, forklifts are now engineered for safety. Invest in forklifts and other heavy machinery that come with a pedestrian alert system and fall protection. A pedestrian alert system alerts forklift operators to the presence of people on the warehouse floor as far as 20 feet away. The fall protection system allows a forklift operator to work while secured to a retractable safety device that is anchored to a fixed part of the warehouse, such as a wall, to protect the worker from injury or death. MRES offers machinery that employs these and several other safety features, including blind spot and hazardous area alerts.

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