Forklift and Warehouse Safety Related Articles

Fork and Chain Inspections – Worns forks and chains can dramatically reduce the safe lifting capacity of your forklift. Knowing what to look for and how to find it can keep your operators and employees safe and free from injury.  

Heat Illness Safety Tips – The hot summer months are upon us. With increased heat and humidity workers become more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Workers who are not accustomed to working in the heat can quickly become ill and experience heat stroke, which can lead to serious illness and even death. There are a few things to keep in mind about heat-related illness and what you can do to help prevent it in your workers.

Who signed OSHA, Why and What are the Outcomes – In 1972, the Occupational Health and Safety Act created OSHA as we know it today. This month, we take a look at who approved the act, why, and what has transpired in the more than four decades that the agency has been in operation.

4 Things that will Improve Dock Safety – Docks are very busy places and represent a significant risk for an accident or incident, particularly when during busy seasons.  There are some things you can do to reduce this risk and demonstrate the intention of creating a safe work environment for the employees that operate on or around your docks. 

Four Decades of OSHA: See the Results – 40 years ago OSHA was founded. Their goal was to make the workplace safer by setting standards that all companies must abide by. Fast forward to 2013 and see the results this dynamic agency has had on worker safety.

Forklift Pre-Shift Inspections: a Practical Guide – Daily Pre-Shift inspections are a requirement by OSHA to ensure the lift truck that is about to haul around thousands of pounds, is safe to do so.  In addition to compliance, catching small service issues before they blossom into giant repair or incident headaches is a protection to your bottom line. 

4 Major Benefits of Conducting Forklift Operator Training – There is a distinct difference between teaching someone something, like safe forklift operation, and truly training them how to perform the function safely and efficiently. We have addressed this topic in our previously published “Safety Training vs. Teaching: Knowing the Differences.”  A robust, comprehensive and ongoing safety training program for your forklift operators provides you with not only protection from potential liabilities, but also enhances your operation. In this article we will address four of the major benefits of formalizing your forklift operator training program. 

Four Essentials of a Safe, Productive Forklift Fleet – There are plenty of simple, small things you can do to improve forklift safety in your facility. These include keeping the floor clean, installing mirrors at the ends of your aisles and prominently displaying safety posters. We have identified five best practices within companies that take forklift safety to the next level. 

Site-Specific Training: Six Things You Need to Consider – Most companies have some sort of forklift operator training program, but we often find that Site-Specific Training (required by OSHA) is not part of the training. This Feature Article discusses in brief, six things you need to consider when implementing site-specific forklift operator training.

Operator Safety Training vs. Teaching – There are vast differences in teaching forklift operators safe forklift operation and truly training them.  This Feature Article highlights the learning process and gives you ideas about what you can do to reinforce your program to ensure actual training is taking place.

Pedestrian Safety; 16 Things You Need to Consider – We train forklift operators on a regular basis, and hopefully your forklift operators are trained properly.  But what about pedestrians working and visiting your facility? Do they know the potential dangers of forklifts and how to behave around them to minimize the potential for an accident? Our Feature Article highlights what you can do to improve pedestrian safety within your facility.