How Managers Can Pave the Way to Forklift Safety Forklift safety has been an issue for years. Forklift safety leaders have tried numerous attempts to reduce the number of incidents in the facility with some success, but certainly not to the level forklift safety leaders would like. Understandably so. To have an employee or a forklift operator get injured or even die as a result of a forklift accident is mentally difficult. That individual made a mark on the company and their presence opens a void that is felt by many. When forklift safety leaders hear about deaths in the news as SIERA.AI reported in December, they begin to wonder, ‘Can it happen here?’ ‘Will it happen here?’ Instead, forklift safety leaders need to rephrase the question and ask themselves, ‘How. How will it happen here?’
Think and Design for Forklift Safety If you were to think about forklift safety within your operation, what would your answer be? Is it tactical in nature, meaning, are you thinking about getting the forklift serviced more often? Buying more safety gear? What is your ‘go to’ answer. Instead, take a big step back. If you’ve had a minor or major forklift accident, instead of just analyzing the accident itself, what if you asked yourself, ‘What were the signs…the early warning signs that put the forklift accident in motion?’ Then, what can be done as a result of this information to prevent it? This is the critical job of a forklift safety leader.
3 Key Early Warning Signs to Achieving Forklift Safety
Early Warning Signs. In order to identify the early warning signs, you need data that can be interpreted into useful information. However, be sure it’s from a variety of sources.