Safety Photo of the Day Portfolio #1 – April 2014

No Smoking?

No Smoking?

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PPE..Wear It Please!

PPE..Wear It Please!

Forklift & Fall Prot. Safety

Forklift & Fall Prot. Safety

Scissors Lift Safety

Scissors Lift Safety

Loading Dock Safety & Communication

Loading Dock Safety & Communication

Chemical Safety

Chemical Safety

Forklift Safety

No, This is Not a Hard Hat!

No, This is Not a Hard Hat!

Slips & Falls

Slips & Falls

Fishing Safety Fail

Fishing Safety Fail

Texting & Driving

Texting & Driving

How Safety Shoes Were Invented

How Safety Shoes Were Invented

Machine Guarding Comic

Machine Guarding Comic

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Why LOTO is Vitally Important 1

Why LOTO is Vitally Important 1

Electrical Safety......

Electrical Safety……

Acceptable PPE??

Acceptable PPE??

Human Nature

Human Nature

OH.....No!

OH…..No!

Hot Weather Safety- What Not to Do

Hot Weather Safety- What Not to Do

What Not to do with a Forklift

What Not to do with a Forklift

Gun Safety

Gun Safety

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Dress Code.....

Dress Code…..

This Is Gonna Hurt!

This Is Gonna Hurt!

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Santa Safety

Santa Safety

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Grinding Safety

Grinding Safety

Wrong Safety Message

Wrong Safety Message

WreckedBuilding Safety Photo of the Day - April 30, 2012 Safety Workplace Funnie

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Paper Cut

Paper Cut

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Incident Report

Incident Report

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Ergonomics in the Office!

Workplace Sanity

Workplace Sanity

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Paper Shredder

Paper Shredder

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3 responses

  1. OSHA does not require fall arrest systems in personnel cages on forklifts. In fact OSHA does not allow them. In the event fall arrest is used when a worker fall out, there is a possibility of a “pendulum” effect, creating more hazards.

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    • OSHA Approved Guidelines for Use of a Safety Cage on a Forklift

      Workers often have to use a forklift to do repairs or work in areas that are high above floor or ground level. To maintain standards of safety, OSHA has approved a series of guidelines that must be followed when workers are lifted by a forklift in an OSHA approved safety cage. To read these guidelines click here.
      A Description of a Forklift Safety Cage

      Each forklift safety cage is built to hold two workers plus any equipment or tools that they need. The gates of the safety cage are made to open in an inward direction, never outward. Once the gates close, a spring tension latch holds them securely in place. A non-slip material is used on the floor of all forklift safety cages and there is a raised lip around the outer edge of the cage floor.
      Attaching the Safety Cage

      The safety cage attaches securely to the forks of the forklift using two safety pins. The pins lock the safety cage tightly into place behind the heels of each of the forks.
      Load Limit

      It is very important to check the load limit before you attach the safety cage to the forklift. The load capacity varies based on the manufacturer and model of the forklift. To check the load limit of a specific forklift, use the vehicle’s manual to verify loading capacity. Always make sure to include the weight of the safety cage along with the weight of the people and tools that will be inside of the cage.
      Safely Securing the Platform

      It is imperative that the platform is attached securely to the forklift carriage or backrest. In certain instances, the platform is attached to both the carriage and the backrest. This is necessary to ensure that the forklift truck is capable of supporting the total weight of the safety cage and its contents. Once the safety cage has been secured to the forklift, it is very important that the forks do not move at all.

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      Body Harness

      When workers are in a raised forklift safety cage, they must wear a fitted full body harness. The body harness must have the serial number and date of manufacture clearly visible. It should also be certified, not designated to comply with, ANZS 1891.1. It is important to inspect the body harness each time it is used. Even if it has not been used it still should be inspected every six months. Harnesses should not be used once they are ten years old based on the date of manufacture. The purpose of the full body harness is to spread the impact of an arrested fall over the load bearing body parts. The body harness is connected to the anchor point by one several methods including:

      Rope
      Web lanyards
      Ladder sleeves
      Rope grabs
      Retracting lifelines

      Types of Safety Cages for Forklifts

      This safety cage for a forklift has two safety sleeves that are full length. There are internal handrails for safety to prevent crushed hands and fingers.
      A stainless steel safety cage is made for outdoor use and for use in the chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries. The stainless steel checkered floor has edges that are turned down so water can flow off easily.

      Online Resources for Forklift Safety Cages

      The Internet offers many valuable resources regarding aspects of safety cages for forklifts. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries offers an online catalog with forklift safety videos in English and Spanish including Stay in the Cage.

      Final Thoughts

      Following the proper guidelines and safety standards for forklift use ensures a safer working environment. Using a forklift safety cage prevents many injuries and deaths each year due to work place accidents.

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