Protecting the Warehouse

Your forklift is a critical part of your operation, but you know what else is extremely important, too?

Your warehouse itself.  And sometimes, due to normal wear and tear or (let’s be honest) neglect and willful disregard, your forklift can be your facilities worst enemy.

The good news here is there are steps you can take to protect and shield your brick and mortar facility from forklift damage.

Guard rails.

A small bump from a forklift could cause extensive damage, or even shut down a critical piece of equipment for days. Each of those scenarios costs you money. Sturdy guard rails can protect machines, pathways and shelving.  These rails mount to the floor and can provide at least a little defense from an errant forklift.

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Removing a Forklift from Service

Productivity and safety don’t have to be adversaries, though it sometimes takes some effort to make them work together.

You may be tempted to allow a damaged or compromised forklift to remain on the floor, but the fact of the matter is, there are instances where even a slightly damaged must be taken out of service. OSHA makes sure of that with a list of conditions under which a lift must be taken out of service.

LEAKS: Liquid fuels are considered to be hazardous materials and you don’t want anyone to be exposed to oils and gasoline. The fumes can be dangerous, most are flammable, and coming in contact with bare skin can cause irritation. Any type of leak must result in the removal of the truck from the floor until the repairs can be made.

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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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