EHS Today and Material Handling & Logistics joined together with industry experts on Sept. 15 for a Forklift Safety Twitter chat.
The discussion ranged from training to common errors to innovations. Check out the recap below.
Q: How often should operators conduct equipment inspections? And what should be checked?
Q: How thorough should signage be located throughout a facility?
A2 Safety signage should be placed as close as safely possible to hazards throughout each facility. #forkliftsafety— SIGMA Equipment (@SigmaEquip) September 15, 2015
A2 Forklift signage throughout the facility and rack capacity at the end of every aisle #forkliftsafety— RAYMOND Handling (@RAYMONDHANDLING) September 15, 2015
Q: How often should forklift drives be trained? And who should conduct the training?
Q: What training should be offered to employees who interact with forklifts?
A4 Lots to cover! Along with OSHA recommended topics, how to properly check the condition of tires is critical. #ForkliftSafety— Trelleborg Tires (@TrelleborgTires) September 15, 2015
Q: What are the elements of a safety training program for operators?
A5: OSHA requires training on operating instructions, warnings and precautions. #forkliftsafety— Sandy Smith (@SandyEHSToday) September 15, 2015
Q: What are some of the common errors in forklift operation?
Q6 OSHA: Improperly stored materials; loads too heavy for equipment; improperly maintained equipment #forkliftsafety— Dave Blanchard (@supplychaindave) September 15, 2015
Q: What are the most common accidents/near misses involving forklifts?
A7: Walking under the load. 85 deaths a year. 36% are pedestrians. #forkliftsafety— Sandy Smith (@SandyEHSToday) September 15, 2015
Q: What are some new safety innovations for forklifts?
A8 Our favorite new safety innovations for forklifts are device mounts and digital controls. #forkliftsafety— SIGMA Equipment (@SigmaEquip) September 15, 2015
Rear operator assist grips help with keeping hands safe during reverse travel! #forkliftsafety— Toyota Forklifts (@ToyotaForklift) September 15, 2015
And we even managed to add cats to the conversation. #Meow