3 Ways Pedestrians Can Avoid Forklift Collisions
#1 Keep a Safe Distance from the Forklift
Since pedestrians work everyday with forklifts, they have a tendency to grow immune to their presence. Sometimes it’s to the point they walk, cross and work too close to a forklift. In many of these instances, when the pedestrian is too close to the forklift, and there isn’t a forklift safety system installed on the forklift itself to provide a warning or alert, the pedestrian has a higher probability of getting hit and injured.
Pedestrians as well as forklift drivers need to become more aware of their surroundings. Not only does the forklift drivers need to keep current on training, but so does the pedestrian. This is the best way for both to keep safety top of mind.
#2 Make the Forklift Driver Aware of their Presence
If you haven’t purchased an S3 Pedestrian Detection System yet, then it’s critical for the pedestrian or worker to make their presence known. The best way is for the pedestrian to try to make eye contact with the forklift driver. Then the pedestrian will be top of mind.
However, if the forklift operator begins to focus on his job at hand, he may forget about the pedestrian. It happens. To ensure optimum safety, install the S3 Pedestrian Detection System. This way the system will keep alerting the driver when the pedestrian is within the danger zone.
#3 No Walking Under Forklift Forks
It’s like crossing a 4 lane busy street with 3 seconds left on the crossing sign. You’re taking a chance at getting hit by a car. This is just as dangerous. Going underneath a forklift truck’s forks is not the best idea as the forklift operator cannot see you. You simply won’t know when the forks may be coming down or even going up. It’s best to keep a safe distance from the forklift truck when it’s in operation.