Forklift Safety

13 Meeting Kits | 4 Safety Videos | 6 Online Courses | 3 Safety Quizzes | 18 Fatality Reports | 34 Articles & Expert Guidance Tips

A forklift can be an amazing tool for workplace productivity, or the cause of severe workplace accidents.

Forklifts present safety hazards not only to those driving them, but to anyone present in the same area as the forklift while in operation. All workers who are exposed to forklifts need to be aware of the hazards forklifts and their drivers may cause them.

Just like a driver on the road, the forklift requires the driver’s complete attention at all times to ensure they and their fellow workers remain accident and incident free.

Forklift safety means more than driving safety. Forklift drivers can also come into contact with electricity, racking systems and the chemicals in forklift batteries. Each of these hazards requires unique safety training information.

Workers in proximity to forklifts need to be aware of the hazards they are exposed to, including: crushing hazards and toxic gas emissions.

SafetyNow can help you educate both those workers driving the forklifts and those who will be around them.

Meeting Kits

Don’t Get Caught Between a Truck and a Hard Place

The space between a loading dock and a truck trailer is one of the most dangerous in any plant.

Usually about six inches (15.24 centimeters) wide, this space has been the scene of many fatal accidents. Forklifts cross from the dock into trailers over adjustable steel bridges called dock levelers. If a trailer moves away from the dock, a forklift can tumble to the ground, crushing its operator.

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Forklift Safety

Imagine four accident scenes:

  • A warehouse worker is walking beside a forklift. The driver does not see him, and starts to make a turn. The rear wheels swing out and run over the pedestrian, causing fatal injuries.

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Driving a Forklift Takes Special Training

The ability to drive a car or truck does not qualify you to operate a forklift. Don’t give in to the temptation to climb aboard a forklift in the plant unless you have been properly trained and are authorized to do so.

Unsafe operation of a forklift can result in bystanders being struck by the machine, the forks or the load. Mishandling a forklift can also cause it to tip over or for the load to collapse.

A forklift operates differently from other motor vehicles. It doesn’t stop as quickly, it can tip over more easily and its turning radius is different.

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Work Safely Around Forklifts

When forklifts are operated safely, they allow the movement of materials quickly, efficiently, and without physical strain. Used incorrectly, forklifts can cause property damage, injury and even death.

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Forklift Safety Involves Everyone!

Forklift safety — what does it have to do with you?

Forklifts are a common sight in most plant warehouses, or, anyone who shops at a warehouse store or a building supply center also risks an encounter with one.

Unsuspecting workers have been run over, innocent bystanders have been pinned by the forks, elevated loads have fallen onto people, and even unauthorized hitchhikers have fallen off and been crushed under the wheels.

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Safety Videos

Forklift Safety: The Experienced Operator Safety Video

Aimed at experienced operators, this program communicates the importance of operating a forklift in a professional and safe manner and creates an awareness and respect for the potential hazards they may encounter. It establishes that the forklift operator is responsible for their safety and the safety of the people around them. Forklift Safety: The Experienced Operator will motivate your drivers to use the operating skills and techniques they’ve been taught to prevent accidents and injuries.

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Forklift Operator Training Safety Video

This program utilizes video shot on location as well as 3D animations to train new or experienced employees in the importance of safe operation and the responsibilities of professional lift truck operations, and the skills and techniques operators can use to help ensure workplace safety and incident prevention. Anyone required to operate forklifts must be trained in accordance with mandated standards. Training must include a wide variety of topics including engineering principles, forklift operating rules, equipment characteristics, differences between a forklift and a car, environmental hazards, operator maintenance, hazardous locations, surface operating conditions, site-specific operations, potential hazards, and other pertinent information. This video does just that and is a great training aid for training new operators or as refresher training for experienced operators.

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Online Courses

Forklift Operator Training: Fundamentals

Forklifts and other powered industrial trucks are very useful tools in many different industries. They are so common that many people think they’re easy to drive, and don’t require much training to operate. However, forklift injuries are common, including collisions, pinches, roll-overs, and accidents involving loads. This course is intended for workers who are required to operate a forklift or other powered industrial truck on the job. Learners that complete this course will display the ability to recognize the forklift’s instruments and controls, common hazards associated with forklift operation and OSHA-required safe work practices for forklift operation. This course is designed to assist forklift operators and their employers to complete the formal training (classroom) portion of OSHA’s required training for operators of powered industrial trucks. This course is available in both English and Spanish.

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Forklift Operator Training: Safe Maintenance

This course is designed for workers who will operate forklifts on the job. After successfully completing this course, learners should be able to identify the safe work practices required by OSHA for proper forklift maintenance. Workers taking this course should already have a basic understanding of forklift operations and safety, but this course will help them gain a deeper understanding of OSHA’s requirements. This course will help employers meet OSHA’s training requirements on powered industrial truck operations. Employers may also be interested in some of our other Forklift Operator Training courses, including: Fundamentals, Safe Operations, and Safe Traveling and Loading.

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Forklift Operator Training: Safe Operations

This course is designed for all workers who will operate forklifts on the job. After successfully completing this course, learners should be able to identify the safe work practices required by OSHA for proper forklift operations. Workers taking this course should already have a basic understanding of forklift operations and safety, but this course will help them gain a deeper understanding of OSHA’s requirements. This course will help employers meet OSHA’s training requirements on powered industrial truck operations. Employers may also be interested in some of our other Forklift Operator Training courses, including: Fundamentals, Safe Traveling and Loading, and Safe Maintenance. This course is presented in English and Spanish.

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