Forklifts are ubiquitous in public warehousing. A forklift permits one person to lift and place large heavy loads with little effort. A loaded forklift weighs as much as six times the weight of a full-sized car. About 100 employees are killed and 95,000 injured every year by forklifts. The most common forklift accidents are the result of turnovers. Most forklift turnovers in public warehousing occur when turning too fast at high speeds. By observing some basic rules, many forklift accidents can be prevented.
Before anyone is allowed to operate a forklift, they should be trained and certified. No one under the age of 18 years of age should be allowed to operate a forklift. Training should be done under supervision.
Before operation, a forklift should be inspected daily. The load capacity plate should be readable. Tires should be checked. The horn needs to work. Forks and mast should be examined to make sure they are not bent or worn. Engine oil and hydraulic oil must be free of leaks. The brakes need to work smoothly. The forklift parking brakes should hold on an incline.
When operating a forklift, always wear a seat belt. Although it may seem safer to go without the seatbelt in case it’d tip, but actually, more harm is done when trying to jump out of the forklift. Horseplay or stunt driving should be checked immediately. Operators should maintain a safe distance from the edge of ramps or platforms. Never allow passengers to ride unless the forklift is designed for a passenger. Travel in reverse if the load blocks your view. Never allow anyone to stand under the forks. Check for adequate clearance under beams and lights. Observe speed limits. Always look in the direction of travel.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
For more information about FW Warehousing and its complete warehousing, fulfillment and logistics capabilities, visit the FW Warehousing website.