Why is hearing protection being worn in this area by 1 person? Most likely a good part of why he walked into the forklift? Besides not paying attention to where he was walking? Absence of aisles for pedestrians? How many more safety violations are in this picture?
Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool
Powered industrial trucks, devices (PID), commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can be used to move, raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers.
The hazards commonly associated with powered industrial trucks vary depending on the vehicle type and the workplace where the truck is used. Each type of truck presents different operating hazards. For example, a sit-down, counterbalanced high lift rider truck is more likely than a motorized hand truck to be involved in a falling load accident, because the sit-down rider truck can lift a load much higher than a hand truck. Workplace conditions also present different hazards. For example, retail establishments often face greater challenges than other worksites in maintaining pedestrian safety.
The best way to protect employees from injury also depends on the type of truck operated and worksite where it is being used. This eTool* specifically provides information on OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck requirements [29 CFR 1910.178] and industry best practices addressing:
- Types and Fundamentals
The differing types and fundamentals of powered trucks
- Operating the Forklift
The basic operating rules and safe work practices
- Understanding the Workplace
How workplace conditions can affect safe operation
- Training Assistance
Operator training required by OSHA
It is a violation of Federal law for anyone
UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift
or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and certified to do so. [More…]
Nice free site for training your employees! – Forklift Operation & Safety Course Menu. Introduction · Know Your Lift Truck · Fork Lift Physics · Lift Truck Operation · Lift Truck Safety