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 and incidents typically can be grouped into three specific buckets:

  • The employee’s mind is elsewhere (not focusing on the load or task at hand).
  • An employee is put in the line of fire (a worker walks out of designated safe walking areas into the path on an on-coming forklift).
  • Loss of traction (Forklift skids or tips over or employee slips mounting or dismounting a lift).

As we mentioned before, the knowledge of the hazard on the part of the worker is constant, however awareness of it decreases as the worker spends more time with the hazard or the hazard becomes less prevalent (less accidents are occurring). Typically, a new stimulus is required to get employees back to realizing that the risk is still there, and at BEB we try to focus on making stimuli operator safety training vs. a new accident.

BEB Forklift Operator Safety Training

This course is designed for employees who operate forklifts or powered industrial trucks and it provides an overview of OSHA standard, and safety standards for safe operation of industrial trucks.  In addition the classroom portion of the course, all participants must complete hands-on training with the type of lift they will be using on the job.

  • Sit down riders
  • Stand up reach
  • Turret/Swing reach
  • Rough terrain
  • Tele-handler
  • Walk behind low lift
  • Walk/Rider low lift
  • Walk behind stacker

Topics Covered:

  • Vehicle capacity for all equipment operated
  • Vehicle stability
  • Operating limitations of each piece of equipment and attachments
  • Proper vehicle inspection prior to operation
  • Proper refueling and battery charging procedures
  • Equipment attachment operation and limitations
  • Workplace related safety issues specific to the operating location(s) of equipment
  • Review of surface conditions where vehicle is to be operated
  • Review and instruction on handling probable loads with composition variances
  • Review and instruction of load manipulation, stacking and un-stacking

BEB’s Material Handling Safety Division provides OSHA recommended, on-site training aimed to help employers and employees to recognize and most importantly avoid safety hazards they may encounter when they use fork lifts and powered industrial trucks.

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