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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Continuing Forklift Education

“The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus

Think about how much the industry has changed since you started. No matter when that was, there have been technological, procedural and safety improvements that you need to keep ahead of or else you are in danger of getting passed up by individuals who are more adaptable to change.

This is why keeping your training programs up to date is so important.

Safety training, of course, is the most important educational module to stay up to date with. The more forklifts change and new technologies are implemented, the more important safety procedures and new processes become. Preventing accidents, in addition to the obvious benefit, also saves money.  It allows your facility to continue to operate without costly investigations and keeps your staff humming along at full capacity.  Keeping your employees up to date on new procedures and training is a must.

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Is your forklift operator going to sit or stand?

Driver comfort has become a critical deciding factor in the purchase of new forklift trucks, and manufacturers like Doosan are at the forefront of that thinking.

That leaves you with a decision. Will your operators stand, or sit?

Here’s what you need to consider as you decide.

Think about your facility’s footprint. What type of surface is it operating on? What is the foot-traffic like and are there other forklifts zipping around the space? How far are your units traveling?

Are your aisles narrow?

Do your forklifts make a lot of short trips, or longer runs with materials on the forks? Is there a lot of repeated stopping and starting?

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New Year Checklist

With the dawning of a new year, and plenty of people vowing to make 2018 count, there’s no better time to re-dedicate yourself to ensuring your forklift fleet is in tip-top shape.

Hopefully, your operators start every shift with a complete inspection already (since it’s required by OSHA), but let’s take this one a little deeper to give you a good look at just what condition your fleet is in.

Start with your forks.  Look hard for cracks and bent tines. Little cracks and faults can become big costly problems very quickly if left unchecked.

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