OSHA statistics have indicated that 85 people are killed by forklifts each year, with an additional 34,900 people being seriously injured.
For us, that’s 85 people too many. Same goes for the injuries.
That’s why forklift safety is such a priority with Storee Construction. An effective forklift safety program can save workers from injury and pedestrians from collisions. The vehicles themselves are designed to be dependable and efficient. Forklifts are everywhere in manufacturing and commercial facilities, in use throughout the day on loading docks, in warehouses and on the factory floor.
Forklifts and Safety Hazards
The type of accident associated with a particular kind of forklift varies according to how it is used, the type of facility and the forklift specifications. For example, high-lift trucks pose a risk of falling load accidents. Retail establishments need to take precautions for pedestrian safety.
Common forklift safety hazards for workers include:
- Driving a lift off loading docks
- Falling between a trailer and the dock
- Getting struck by a lift
- Falling from an elevated pallet or lift tines
Using OSHA’s Forklift Safety Checklist
To help operators and workers in the vicinity of forklifts, OSHA has produced the Sample Daily Checklists for Powered Industrial Trucks, the official name for the forklift. These lists are extensive, with many helpful tips.
This type of checklist should be part of every facility’s forklift safety program; most companies, however, realize this is just a starting point. They need to deal with additional hazards in the plant’s environment.
Hiring a safety contractor can speed up implementation of a forklift safety program. In fact, an expert can work with you to evaluate potential hazards and production systems that are contributing to the problem.
Storee Construction’s experienced safety experts have a deep understanding of the industrial and commercial workspace. They will design a customized forklift safety program for your company. Our team can suggest safety products and procedures that reduce accidents.
Why Enlist in a Forklift Safety Program?
Implementing plant safety management procedures can ensure the health and security of your employees. It will save you money, reduce downtime and improve productivity.
In addition to protecting worker safety, a forklift safety program has a high return on investment. The cost of a safety program is small in comparison with improved safety for workers. Accidents not only interrupt productivity, but they also rack up expenses from fines, lawsuits and other costs associated with employee accidents.
When safety comes first, you can feel confident that you’re doing all you can to safeguard employees and customers. You decrease the chance of litigation and non-compliance fines, and you stand to save thousands of dollars.
Partner with Safety Professionals
The safety team at Storee Construction understands manufacturing and commercial spaces. Our company has been building, renovating and repairing these structures since 1966. We are a family-owned business working out of Springfield, Missouri.
Our safety team will partner with you, beginning with an evaluation of your facility. We’ll design a forklift safety program customized to your business. We’ll assist your employees with additional suggestions and upgrades.
Safety improvements might include covering or restricting holes and openings, adding protection to pedestrian walkways and installing safety shutoffs and equipment guards. Storee safety contractors will customize a forklift safety program that will make your company a safer place to work.
For help with a forklift safety program, call a professional at Storee Construction today at 888-736-2032.