Safety Around Forklifts
11/11/2015 8:44:11 AM

Mason Construction, Ltd. continues to focus on safety training and refreshing for our employees. In the construction industry, and many other industries, it is common to be around forklifts. Unfortunately there are many fatal workplace incidents involving forklifts around the country. Take a few minutes to review some safety tips to protect yourself and those around you.

To help prevent forklift-related injuries and deaths, CCOHS provides a comprehensive list of tips for operators to follow, including:

  • Never exceed the recommended load limit.
  • Always perform a visual and operational check before use.
  • Know the vehicle’s blind spots.
  • Stay alert for any obstructions in your path when operating a forklift.
  • Keep pedestrians and workers away.
  • Use back-up alarms, warning lights and mirrors.
  • If someone crosses your path, stop, lower the load and wait until the person is gone before driving.
  • Never block a fire exit or stairway with the forklift or load.
  • Inform your supervisor immediately if you encounter any problems with the vehicle.
  • Stay in the forklift in the event it overturns – do no attempt to jump off.

When operating a forklift,do not:

  • Drive with the load raised more than 4 inches off the ground.
  • Leave it running unattended for any period of time.
  • Let unauthorized employees ride or drive it. (OSHA notes that it is against federal law to let any person younger than 18 operate a forklift or let anyone older than 18 operate one who is not properly trained and certified.)
  • Allow anyone to walk underneath the elevated load.

Continue to train yourself and your employees on safe operating procedures for machines such as forklifts. At Mason Construction, Ltd. we take time out of our hectic schedules for regular trainings for safety and other topics such as leadership. Thanks to a great team to help us keep safety a priority.

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