3 Ways Forklift Drivers Can Prevent Common Injuries

The sad reality is true: the most common injuries are the most preventable. Has your business undergone a slew of injuries that seemingly could have been avoided? Are you looking to derive methods and approaches to aid in this endeavor? Is your business currently operating in a safe manner but you are looking to avoid complacency? Continuous improvement and safety awareness are a part of this process. With this being said, forklift drivers can take part in preventing some of the most common injuries found in the workplace. These injuries, include falls, struck pedestrians, and injuries to the muscles and bones. Here is how these incidents can be avoided and how you can get started today!

1) Avert Musculoskeletal Injuries – A very common injury in forklift operations is musculoskeletal ailments. There a wide range of examples of these injuries. The range varies from sprains and strains to fractures and torn ligaments. Some come as a result of hyperextension, while others come by way of poor posture when utilizing a forklift. There are many steps you can take to avert these situations. First, it is imperative to implore operators to stretch before and after use of the vehicle. If any driver will be in extended operation, it is also essential to compel these employees to take frequent breaks and stretch as well. Additionally, there are several additions that can be added to the seat of the vehicle to ensure proper circulation and posture. All are worthy investments.

2) Avoid Struck Pedestrians – Sadly this is a more common occurrence than many would hope. Most of these incidents come as a result of any operator taking a lack of the obvious measures that can be taken to avoid this. Whilst monitoring is encouraged, it is imperative not to make any operator feel like they are being babysat. However, there are certain rules that should be implemented. The key to reducing the likelihood of incident is to eliminate distractions. Some fail proof ways to mitigate these risks include enforcing hands-free driving, installing and repairing warning lights and sounds, and making sure all pedestrians are adept to the area of operation. Utilizing any of these methods can prevent the most common forklift incidents.

3) Stop Falls – This comes down to proper discretion and foresight by any forklift driver. Falls are a common cause of injury when involving a forklift and again it is easily avoidable. Drivers can take many measures on their own part. First, they should never allow anyone to stand on the forks of the vehicle itself. This is especially true if the forks will be elevated to perilous heights and used to handle cumbersome materials. Secondly, drivers should always check mezzanines and tiers to make sure there are no staff and personnel handling any materials previous to extending the lift truck. According to Toyota, it is also recommended that any enterprise install CCTV cameras and mirrors to improve visibility in the facility to aid in this process.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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