BEB Industrial Asset Management

Fighting Complacency for Fork Lift Safety

It’s certainly not a new phenomenon in the warehouse, distribution Forklift accidentcenters or manufacturing facilities, but when injury rates are low or decreasing, a level of complacency begins to creep into the workplace that can have devastating consequences.  Complacency on the part of forklift operators on the job is a significant factor that influences at risk behavior on the job.  In the rest of this post we are going to discuss types of complacent human behavior that can cause injuries/accidents and then what can be done to fight complacency.

What causes forklift accidents?

There are a million different variables that can cause or contribute to a
forklift accident in a warehouse or manufacturing facility.  While most workers know the hazards, the errors that can lead to these accidents

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Practice Safety with More than Just Equipment

While here at BEB we focus mostly on the equipment side of material handling safety, we know that there are a lot of other areas of safety that impact you facilities and employees on a daily basis.  Today, we are going to talk about work-related musculoskeletal injuries resulting from over exertion and repetitive movements and what can be done to address and help prevent them.

warehouse workers in front of forkliftIt’s true, these types of injuries don’t seem to get as much press as the more horrific injuries seen when man (or woman) meetings equipment or machines.  However, we are seeing a little more than one in every five claims during research conducted by the SHARP Program, leading one to conclude these types of injuries actually DO need some attention.

Some

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Forklift Safety Culture Starts at the Top

Forklift accidentYou hear it all the time, I never thought it would happen to me.  I never thought I would be the victim of a robbery, I never thought my home would flood or catch fire.  I never thought that I would be faced with a giant fine from OSHA because we allowed operators to use forklifts deemed as non-compliant by OSHA stands.  Because we didn’t practice the forklift safety that we should, because all we invested in was a DVD that doesn’t speak directly to our needs.

But now, unfortunately, that time has arrived.  Safety begins at the top, and we are now going to discuss some of the things that safety, operations and logistics professionals can implement to change the behavior of employees as it relates to

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Rail Car Mover Safety…It’s a BIG Deal

Rail care movers are formidable pieces of equipment used to move railroad Rail Car Mover Safety Trainingcars around in a rail yard.  Capable of being driven on the ground and on rails, rail car movers are so large, that they are capable of moving loads in excess of 50,000 pounds making proper safety procedures just as big of a deal as they have become.  And with their versatility and massive weight comes a number of rail car mover safety best practices that we are going to spend the rest of this post discussing.

Getting on and off equipment while it’s moving. DOH!  While this has been a common practice in the rail road industry for 100 years, we are starting to see a shift in whether or not people are continuing to see

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Hazards of Workplace Fork Lift Use

Forklift accidentI recently read in the article, “Company aims to curb forklift-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities,” that every three days someone in the United States is killed in a fork lift-related accident.  THREE DAYS, people.  That’s one every long weekend.  And even more shocking (believe it or not), is that OSHA estimates that 70% of all reported accidents could have been avoided with proper safety precautions.

While these numbers and percentages are pretty alarming, what’s more concerning is that despite how well aware we are of the dangers associated with fork lift operations, many business fail to take the appropriate measures to prevent such costly misfortunes.  One of the easiest things you can start to get you on the path of safety and accident prevention is to understand

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The Dreaded Fork Lift Safety Training

While employers in the United States are required, to provide a safe workplace and training on those safety procedures, we are seeing fork lift safety training being perceived more and more as a burden to employers vs. a way to protect the safety of employees, increase moral of employees and safeguard their bottom-line.

Effective training on safety procedureHelp prevent accidents with fork lift safety training s, regardless of their origins, (be it chemicals, material handling equipment or lock-out-tag-out) allow workers to not just understand the hazards, but also empowers them with the information of how to avoid and protect against those hazards.  Unfortunately, today, these procedures and training are often overlooked.

$39,000…that, my friends is the average cost in medical expenses and lost productivity per non-fatal workplace injury, according to the National

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Understand Your Facility to Avoid Workplace Accidents

Accidents involving lift trucks don’t always look the same.  Forklifts can collide with dock doors, pedestrians, racking, other lifts and product stacks/pallets creating different levels of damage and unfortunately, injuries in workplace accidents.

Damage to products from workplace accidentsResearch conducted by a variety of sources, including OSHA and the BLS, has pointed to a number of factors that are leading to these types of incidents.  Some of those factors include the distance of travel, the direction of travel (forward or backward), the awareness levels of drivers and pedestrians and the working conditions of the lifts.  Diving into more detail, we are finding the following accident causes to be the most prevalent:

Noise levels Light levels Number of trucks in a facility Layout of a facility (workplace layout) Level

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