What’s the Rule?
According to OSHA, they have some defined rules for forklift operators when pedestrians are present. Let’s take a look at a few of the requirements and best practices. OSHA recommends:
• Forklift drivers yield the right a way for pedestrians and workers
• When workers or pedestrians individually or within a group walks within your area, be sure to stop, wait until they completely pass and as you move forward, do so cautiously
• If the driver is within a crowded area, the driver needs to walk the route to identify any potential areas of risk. Communicate with pedestrians and ask them to move to ensure safe passage. Ensure the driver is aware to sound the horn at aisles, doorways, around corners and when backing up to ensure safety
• And, any signage can be helpful to pedestrians as well.
There’s additional information on the OSHA page such as reminders for the driver, pedestrians and plant managers. Great information to have on hand for a lunchbox training session.