Safety Tips: Working Around Forklifts

Safety Tips for Working Around Forklifts

  1. Be aware of forklift traffic: Stay vigilant and be aware of forklifts operating in the area. Keep an eye out for visual and audible signals, such as flashing lights or horns.
  2. Maintain a safe distance: Keep a safe distance from forklifts, as they can make sudden stops or turns. Avoid walking too closely behind or alongside them.
  3. Use designated walkways: Whenever possible, use designated pedestrian walkways and avoid walking through forklift traffic lanes.
  4. Make eye contact: Make eye contact with forklift operators to ensure they see you before crossing their path. Use clear hand signals to communicate your intentions.
  5. Avoid distractions: Refrain from using headphones, phones, or any other distractions while working around forklifts. It’s essential to remain alert and focused on your surroundings.
  6. Wear high-visibility clothing: Wear bright, high-visibility clothing and/or reflective vests to make it easier for forklift operators to see you.
  7. Follow warehouse safety guidelines: Adhere to established warehouse safety guidelines and procedures, including the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  8. Be cautious near blind spots: Be extra cautious near blind spots, such as corners, intersections, or narrow aisles, where forklift operators may have limited visibility.
  9. Stay clear of raised loads: Do not walk or stand under raised forklift loads, as they may become unstable and fall.
  10. Report unsafe conditions: If you notice any unsafe conditions, such as debris in walkways or malfunctioning equipment, report them to a supervisor immediately.
  11. Participate in safety training: Attend safety training sessions to stay informed about forklift hazards and best practices for working around them.
  12. Do not engage in horseplay: Avoid engaging in horseplay, running, or other unsafe behaviors around forklifts, as these can lead to accidents.
  13. Be mindful of load stability: Keep an eye on the stability of loads being carried by forklifts and alert the operator if you notice any issues.
  14. Coordinate with forklift operators: Communicate and coordinate with forklift operators, especially during tasks that require working in close proximity to the forklift.

By following these safety tips, workers can minimize the risk of accidents and ensure a safer working environment around forklifts in warehouses.


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