AFTER the Forklift Accident

Accidents happen.  We spend a lot of time in this blog discussing the finer points of forklift operation and safety, and you hopefully offer training and education to keep your people safe, and even still – accidents happen.

So we’ve covered what to do before an accident – but what can you expect after an accident happens in your facility?

Some accidents can be easily cleaned up with a mop and a bucket, and hopefully that’s as serious as your experience may get.  But in the event of a more severe accident, there are many things you will need to consider.

For starters, your employees are people, with feelings, and concerns and needs – both personal and professional – in the aftermath of a serious mishap.

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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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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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Part Two: Handling Silica Dust

In part one of this two-part series, we ran through the occupations and facilities that are most likely to involve exposure to silica dust- the potentially dangerous by-product of crushing, drilling or cutting concrete and other materials.  Long-term exposure to silica dust can cause serious and sometimes fatal lung conditions and you should read that blog before you read this one.

OSHA has released new regulations surrounding the management of silica dust and the businesses’ responsibility to keep their employees safe and manage their exposure to silica dust. Regulations take effect on June 23, 2018, and if you haven’t started preparing for them already, you’re probably behind.

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