Although necessary, forklifts can be just as dangerous as vehicles. On average, 100,000 workers sustain injuries due to forklifts each year. The best way to avoid accidents and limit liability exposure is to ensure that pedestrians are safe around forklifts.
Create a Culture of Safety
When you have a company culture that places a premium on safety, you’ll have fewer forklift accidents. Throughout your organization, all of your employees will look out for one another, thereby reducing the number of accidents.
To create a company culture that focuses on safety, start by training your employees on safety. Your safety training should focus on ways they can be safe throughout your organization, not just your warehouse. Additionally, reinforce your safety-first culture by rewarding employees who have fewer accidents.
Require Pedestrians to Wear Visibility Vests
Another way to keep pedestrians safe around forklifts is to ensure that forklift drivers can see pedestrians. Requiring pedestrians to wear visibility vests is a low-cost, yet effective way to improve visibility. Anyone walking around your warehouse must be required to wear a high visibility vest.
Create Safe Walkways for Pedestrians
Many accidents stem from pedestrians getting too close to forklifts. When they are too close and outside of the driver’s vision, pedestrians can easily get hurt. To avoid this problem, create walkways and crosswalks that pedestrians must use. By using walkways and crosswalks, both pedestrians and forklift drivers will be on the lookout for each other.
Increase Visibility for Forklift Drivers and Pedestrians
With a focus on improving productivity, many businesses store their raw materials throughout their warehouses. Although stocking inventory throughout the warehouse is efficient, it creates a visibility problem for both pedestrians and forklift drivers. To improve visibility, maintain inventory at eye level and use mirrors throughout the warehouse and on forklifts.
Discourage Overloading Forklifts
When it comes to driving forklifts, balance is critical. Many drivers overload their forklifts to get their work completed quickly, but this is dangerous. Forklifts drivers must always understand the mechanics of driving their forklift to ensure they are driving safely around pedestrians