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Protect Workers Operating and Working Near Forklifts

Print Article Contributed by FSM Staff

WASHINGTON, DC -- Forklifts are an essential piece of equipment in many workplaces, especially in warehousing and manufacturing. Although these vehicles make work more efficient, they can pose serious hazards to those operating or working near them.

OSHA reminds employers and workers that these hazards can be prevented by following safe practices and ensuring that workers are properly trained.

Taking the following steps can protect workers from forklift hazards.

  • Always wear seatbelts when operating a forklift.
  • Never exceed the rated load, and ensure loads are balanced.
  • Make sure you have enough clearance when raising and loading materials.
  • Watch for pedestrians and observe speed limits.
  • Keep a safe distance from platform and ramp edges.

For more information on ways to keep workers safe while working with or around forklifts, visit OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks – Forklifts page.

On June 11, 2019, OSHA will be joining manufacturers across the country in emphasizing safe practices and the importance of operator training for National Forklift Safety Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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