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Top Five Forklift Safety Violations / Hazards

Operating a forklift fleet is already an expensive proposition.  Having someone injured or receiving a citation from OSHA only compounds costs. And with the litany of regulations you must adhere to, it's easy to fall behind and it only takes a few seconds for things to go wrong, sometimes terribly wrong.

Our Corporate Safety Trainer, Clark Morseberger helps has trained thousands of operators and visited hundreds of facilities.  During his visits he sees plenty of hazards and violations and here are his "Top Five" list of most-seen violations or safety hazards:

  1. Lifting, lowering and driving with an elevated load - Visit OSHA's Forklift eTool's section on Mast Placement to see that their requirements and regulations for movement of the mast.
  2. Pre-Shift inspections not being completed - Click HERE to see what OSHA requires and recommends regarding how to inspect and what to do if you find a problem.  Avoid costly injuries, product loss and law suits by knowing and abiding by the regulation.
  3. Refresher training not completed every three years - There are more reasons that this one that require refresher training, read them all HERE on OSHA's eTool.  But this is the one that gets ignored the most, and can be very costly to your company if you get a visit from OSHA.
  4. Operating too fast for conditions - While OSHA does not set specific speeds for forklift operation, it does recommend "safe" speeds for operation.  Read OSHA's recomendations and requirments on speed and maneuvering HERE.  John has seen plenty of instances where forklifts were being operated at speeds too high for the facilties conditions.  Be sure you have standards in your facility and the operators know them, and abide by them.
  5. Not securing trailers or using wheel chocks before entering a semi-trailer - We all operate at light-speeds sometimes and have a lot to get done, but we have all seen the videos on the internet of what happens when a trailer pulls away thinking his trailer is loaded or unloaded.  Know what OSHA says about railroad cars and trailers by clicking HERE.

We at Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta want to see all our customers operate safe and productive facilities.  Have a question about forklift training or OSHA? Give Clark "Moose" Morseberger a call, or email at 410-344-1801 moose@matthaimaterialhandling.com