These forklift safety tips for pedestrians will help personnel minimise safety risks in the workplace. These will also help in reducing delays and costs for the business. Let’s start.
1. Maintaining a clear view for drivers
Forklift drivers often have a limited view and their focus is only forward. That’s why the load should be low enough so it won’t block the driver’s view. There should also be good lighting in the area or the pedestrians should be wearing reflective clothing for improved visibility.
2. Driving slowly in people-dense areas
Many plants and warehouses often have a designated area for driving slowly. This area is often where people are most concentrated.
There are now systems which you can install to automatically notify drivers when they have approached a Low Speed Area. This will allow them to adjust accordingly. This drastically reduces the risk of collisions between vehicles and pedestrians.
3. Setting authorised parking areas
Unattended forklifts can also present the same risk as running ones. That’s because there’s no one to stop the forklift during unintended movement. That movement can injure pedestrians and might hit other forklifts as well.
That’s why many warehouses now have designated parking areas. This way, there will be special safety precautions in those places. The forklifts will be prevented from moving unintentionally. This will also help in preventing the vehicles from being struck.
4. Installing effective warning systems
Warning systems can notify both pedestrians and forklift drivers when one is approaching the safety zone. Pedestrians can clear the way or the driver will have enough time to slow down. This is very valuable in intersections and blind corners. Even if there’s limited visibility, pedestrians will know there’s a forklift approaching (or the other way around).
Forklift safety tips for pedestrians
There are many other safety tips and devices that will improve workplace safety. You can create a detailed checklist to make sure everyone’s informed.
If you need more information about how to improve forklift safety, contact us here at ShockWatch. For over 30 years, we’ve been specialising in Damage Prevention.