How to Prevent Injuries of People Who Work Near Forklifts

Worker injuries often result from the following:

  • Being struck by the forklift (especially when pedestrian or forklift is in a corner or intersection)
  • Being crushed by the forklift machine (forklift might tip over or the driver didn’t see the worker behind)
  • The load being handled fell to the worker

These accidents may result to serious injuries (and worse, fatalities). That’s why companies now are implementing strict measures in ensuring workplace safety. Some of those practices are:

  • Using checklist especially before driving the forklift (ensure equipment is in good condition for accurate manoeuvring)
  • Slowing down when forklifts approach corners, narrow aisles and intersections
  • Alerting pedestrians when a forklift is approaching
  • Parking only in authorised areas
  • Only trained drivers are allowed to operate the forklifts
  • Immediately cleaning up the spills to prevent slips and difficult manoeuvring

Proper and continual training will significantly reduce the occurrences of accidents. Safety measures should be continuously updated because additional risks might be determined later in the warehouse.

Use of technology to further reduce risks

The complex operations in the logistics industry introduce new risks to the workers such as:

  • Noise (manufacturing equipment, conveyor belts and trucks might be continuously operating)
  • Continuous manoeuvring of forklift trucks (forklifts might be meeting at intersections, common scenario in busy warehouses)
  • Higher density of people in areas where forklifts aggregate

In other words, a busy warehouse introduces more movements (which can amplify the risks). A higher frequency of motion will also increase the possibilities of collisions and accidents.

However, this should not be the case because worker safety is still a priority. It’s still possible to maintain a safe workplace through an integrated approach of effective management, proper personnel training and efficient technology.

For instance, the Pedestrian Alert System will help prevent accidents in high traffic environments. This is accomplished because there’s a proximity warning when a pedestrian gets nearby (1 to 6.5 metres depending on your specified distance) while the driver is operating the forklift. Aside from greatly reducing the number of accidents, all workers will also be able to focus more on the task at hand (instead of constantly worrying about pedestrians around the forklift).

Integrated solution for workplace safety

There are other technologies that can further help improve workplace safety. Alert systems, monitoring devices and other equipment can altogether contribute to maintaining the safety of people who work near forklifts

The best approach is often an integration of different methods and technologies. It’s especially the case in improving safety at the warehouse. An accident-free workplace often requires dozens of safety measures simultaneously being applied regularly.

Here at ShockWatch, we’ve already provided technological solutions that improve workplace safety in Fortune 100 corporations and small businesses. Through the years, they’ve successfully limited worker risks through our alert and forklift monitoring systems.

Contact us today if you require a reliable solution for your department and company. We’ll provide excellent recommendations specific for your application.