Forklift safety is as important to us at Forklift Accessories as it is to you. It is for this reason that we have so many forklift safety products included in our catalog. Forklift safety attachments include forklift work platforms, safety lights, hydraulic scales and much more. Forklift safety accessories in our catalog include safety signs, forklift safety training material and a host of other accessories. In fact, all of the products in our catalog are of the highest quality and designed to enhance forklift safety as well as productivity. If you have any questions about forklift safety or about anything else to do with forklift accessories, don't hesitate to contact us. Our highly experienced customer service representatives are fully qualified to help you with any questions you may have.
Forklift Safety is Neccessary
It goes without saying that forklift safety should be of paramount importance in the workplace. However, an unloaded lift truck is a deceptively easy vehicle to operate. A young apprentice or inexperienced worker watching a skilled lift truck operator at work can be tempted to think to himself, "I can do that!" when in fact, without proper training he would be endangering his life and those of his co-workers if he did attempt to operate the vehicle. For this reason, forklift operators are required to undergo forklift training before being allowed to operate a lift truck in a working environment.
What should your employees be getting?
• Reminders to trigger the need to operate safely
Forklift training begins with forklift safety training.
The operator must undertake training through a variety of sources, including lectures, written literature, interactive computer based learning programs and, of course, practical training assisted by an experienced and approved trainer. This practical training must be undertaken in an environment where no other workers can be exposed to any danger posed by the inexperienced operator.
Forklift safety training does not end with the operator's initial certification.
Refresher training and evaluation is required in many instances. If an operator has been observed operating a lift truck in an unsafe manner or has been involved in a forklift accident, he will be required to undergo additional training. If he is assigned to operate a different type of lift truck to one he is accustomed to, he is required to undergo supervised training in its operation. In addition, if the workplace environment is altered in such a way that he will be required to operate his forklift in an unaccustomed manner, he must undertake forklift safety and competence training for that working environment.
To ensure full compliance with forklift safety regulations, certification papers must include the names of both the operator and the trainer and include the dates of training and evaluation. Before certification can be granted, the trainee must have completed training in an exhaustive list of forklift safety and competence areas. Depending on the type of vehicle he is trained to operate, these will include narrow aisle operation, load manipulation (including stacking and unstacking), hazardous area operation, sloping area operation and any other possible work application that may arise.
Forklift operations are at the heart of materials handling. A well-trained, experienced forklift operator is indispensable to any warehouse, factory or other industrial or commercial application where large volumes of goods or materials need to be handled. Forklift safety is important for both the protection of workers and for maximum productivity and workplace efficiency. For these reasons, the forklift certification program has been welcomed by management and staff throughout the materials handling world. The relatively short time and expense required for learning forklift safety and competency is more than offset by increased productivity in the workplace.