Awareness in the Warehouse

It’s a difficult question to ask a forklift operator after an accident. Was the incident a result of the driver not knowing the proper procedure or being willfully ignorant of the safety regulations?  It is, however, an important distinction.

Making sure your operators, and anyone who works around a forklift, is aware of the correct safety procedures is a fulltime job.

The good news is, most forklift operators are experienced professionals who are well aware of the correct safety procedures and regulations.  Knowing these safety steps is a requirement to get an operator’s license. There are those, however, who either willfully disregard safety procedures or are just unaware of the proper steps.

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Expensive Forklift Repairs

Anyone who has ever owned a car knows that now two repairs are alike.  Some are simple, other more complicated and it may be the easiest fixes that end up causing the most trouble.

Of course, following recommended routine maintenance procedures can great alleviate both problems and costs.

The same is true with forklifts.

Repairs to lifts can vary between routine and inexpensive, and complicated and costly. Maintenance and routine inspections can go a long way towards keeping fixes on the routine and inexpensive side.

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Avoiding Material Handling Injuries

Here’s the thing about common injuries.  Most are preventable.  A little common sense goes a long way, and forklift operators can do a lot of things to prevent many of the injuries commonly associated with forklifts and the environments in which they operate.

Of course, accidents do happen, but continuous training and safety awareness are certainly part of the accident prevention puzzle.  You, as the owner/manager bear much of the responsibility to ensure your forklifts and your people are working in a safe environment, but your lift operators carry some of that load as well.

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Cleaning Your Forklift

We have covered the preventative maintenance topic quite a bit in this blog.  Not only can preventative maintenance keep your forklifts in tip-top shape and running smoothly, it can keep the people on and around the truck safe and working efficiently as well.

But there is something you might not have considered as a safety matter.

Cleanliness.

There’s evidence that a large number of breakdowns and accidents can be prevented by maintenance, and regular cleaning of your forklift.

It’s just a good habit to develop. You want to take pride in your workplace and your equipment, and forklift operators in particular should be particularly invested in the condition and appearance of their truck.

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