Forklift Driver Accidents – 5 Ways To Stop Beating Up Your Facility

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In rugged industrial environments where heavy machinery is operated, hazards are everywhere and a level of safety is required. Damages caused by forklift trucks often have a profound impact on the workers’ safety. It is always best to prevent the damages rather than waiting to repair preventable damages.

So, how to do we improve safety in our work spaces and save our facility from damages caused by forklift trucks?
Here are some of the best ways to prevent forklift trucks from damaging your facility:

1. Improved Visibility

The more a driver can see, the more safely they can perform. Adequate lighting allows drivers to safely drive through the aisles. Wide-angled convex mirrors can be mounted on walls and at the ends of aisles to give forklift drivers an increased ability to observe their surroundings and reduce occurrence of accidents. Blue light can also be installed on forklifts that lights up when reversing as a warning signal.

Doors can also be customised to be completely transparent to provide exceptional vision and improved safety. Sectional doors may also have glazed panels or vision panels so drivers can easily see if someone’s on the other side of the door.

Advanced warning technology, where flashing lights alert personnel of approaching traffic through doorways or where there is obstructed visibility, can also be installed.

2. Proper driver training and Managing Speed

Drivers following speed limits and general safety practices would greatly contribute on preventing damages and could help secure every worker’s safety. All forklift drivers or operators should be trained before operating any type of industrial trucks. The training should also include the maintenance and operational limits of their forklift.

3. Regular Inspection and Repair

Daily, pre-shift inspection of forklift trucks should be done and a short checklist for inspection can be made for truck drivers. Any sign of damage on the truck should be reported and repaired.

4. Racking Protection

There are several options available to safe guard your facility and prevent or limit loss from these impacts. Modern products are now widely available in the market such as impactable racking protectors. Prevent racking collapse caused by forklifts especially on tight and narrow aisles. Plastic racking protection system virtually eliminates pallet racking damage by absorbing the force of a forklifts impact, therefore improving safety and decreasing rack repair costs. Rack Sentry protectors save your pallet racking from accidental knocks, which can potentially lead to large expenses and hours of downtime with damage to pallet racking. They surround the racking with a cushion of air, flexing under impact and protecting the vehicle, vehicle driver and racking.

5. Separation of Driveways and Walk Ways

Clearly defining where forklifts can drive and pass through and where pedestrians can walk through can save lives. This can be done using a simple floor marking tape whilst a retractable traffic barrier can provide an economical, effective visual and physical barrier to help keep people and material handling equipment out of harm’s way. A steel frame gate can provide heavy duty protection for pedestrians from traffic, and increase their awareness of traffic, improving personnel safety around your site.

Safeguarding your facility from forklift damages is extremely important because repairing building damages can be very costly and can jeopardise efficiency and productivity. Make sure to check and identify the risks forklift trucks pose to the safety of your employees and machineries.

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Pedestrian Barriers separating forklifts and pedestrian pathways

Column protection from what otherwise could have been a costly accident