Standard Forklift Safety Devices
There are numerous standard forklift safety devices offered in the market for the operator, forklift and the facility itself. Let’s take a quick look at each area:
Operator Safety Devices: Regardless of the make, model or forklift use, all operators need to be equipped with a seat belt, helmet, and a harness all of which are there to reduce the chances of an injury if an accident was to occur.
Forklift Safety Devices: The forklift safety devices that are installed directly on the forklift include blue lights, horns, backup alarms, clear caps, seat caddies, strobe lights to name a few. The purpose is to alert other workers and pedestrians in the facility when a forklift is near. This is to help the forklift driver to focus more on his/her work and less on the environment around him/her.
Facility Safety Devices: Facilities have invested in 5S markings, safety vests for workers and pedestrians, as well as cameras installed on walls and racking systems so the driver can ‘see’ around corners and tough blind spots. This is to help the forklift operator ‘see’ what’s going on around him so he can identify pedestrians or objects in the area. This reduces the risk that an accident will occur especially when visibility is a challenge.
When we add all of these items up, it’s amazing that 3 forklift deaths have already occurred and it’s only 9 days into December. With all the forklift safety devices that we just mentioned, can anything really stop accidents? Is it really possible to bring forklift accidents down to the company’s goal of ‘zero’?