What is Mobile Equipment pedestrian Safety?
Mobile equipment pedestrian safety is the practice of using multiple safety practices and measures in order to keep pedestrians and workers notified, aware as well as away from the mobile equipment whether it be a lift truck, golf cart or pallet jack. If it moves, there needs to be practices in place in order to keep safe distances from people, but let’s also include objects.
Here are 5 ways you can keep mobile equipment pedestrian safety top of mind.
- Inspection and Maintenance of the Mobile Equipment: Keeping the mobile equipment in good working order will help to keep people around the equipment safe. By digitally inspecting the mobile equipment, you’ll be able to keep it in good working order, and those around the mobile equipment won’t be caught off guard if the equipment fails, jerks, suddenly stops, produces fumes and more.
- Mobile Operator Training: Training is vital to keeping pedestrian’s safe. The pedestrians rely on the operator to know how to fully operate all mobile equipment fully and completely if in the event the two meet. Using a mobile equipment safety system will help to ensure the operator is certified to even operate the equipment. The safety system will also track any impacts or near misses which will help to determine where the operator needs focused, tailored training.
- Pedestrian Training: It’s not all up to the operator to maintain safety, it’s also the responsibility of the pedestrian. The more the pedestrian knows and understands about mobile equipment and the dangers that loom, the better safety will be in the facility. If both parties are aware of the risks, they will know what actions to take if the two are too close together.
- Seatbelts, restraints and other safety precautions: Knowing the safety rules for keeping the mobile equipment operating properly is also part of mobile equipment pedestrian safety. For instance, be sure everyone knows where to get a charge or fuel. Ensure the operators are instructed on the speed limits throughout the facility. Finally, it is an OSHA standard to wear seat belts when operating mobile equipment.
- Mobile Equipment Safety System: You’ve heard us discuss forklift safety systems, this same system can work on other mobile equipment. This is the ultimate is mobile equipment pedestrian safety. That’s because it will notify the operator with audio and visual alerts that a pedestrian is within striking distance, or the danger zone. The same is true with objects. The safety system will also track mobile equipment inspection checklists and reports, certification of the operators and if you choose, the use and wearing of seat belts.