How To Prevent Forklift Accidents


Forklifts are known as one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment within a warehouse, so it is incredibly important to ensure all health and safety rules are following to prevent accidents.  Even the most experienced forklift operator can accidentally strike a pedestrian due to bad visibility, the pedestrian’s lack of awareness, and other factors. 


So many accidents can occur when a forklift is in operation, so we have put together some of our tips to take into consideration to ensure any dangerous incidents do not happen. 


Correct training and refresher training


Within the UK, it is essential to have undergone certified Forklift Training which is accredited to either RTITB, ITSAAR, ALLMI, NPORS or AITT. Any operator should never be driving a forklift at their employer’s premises without the certification, as this can help to prevent accidents and injuries. 


Forklifts have the potential to be extremely dangerous machines when operated incorrectly, but with proper training in place, many accidents will be prevented. This training should include,  formal instructions, demonstrations, exercises, as well as evaluations of the employees operating the equipment. 


Keep floors clear of spills


When using a forklift, it is important that the spaces are kept clear from spills and debris, as many forklift wheels can easily lose traction on wet surfaces, causing the driver to temporarily lose control. The best way to do this is to keep the warehouse clean and organised, as operating forklifts on such surfaces may cause sliding and tip over.


As an example, coolstore floors can often be damp or have small patches of liquid. Forklifts used in cool stores often have minimal tread, or no tread on the wheels, and will not stop as quickly on these types of surfaces. To combat this issue, it is important to keep the speed of the forklift as slow as possible. 


Ensure complete visibility 


Many forklift accidents can be prevented by slowing down and being more aware of the space around your forklift, as well as having complete visibility. Even using horns and lights will help pedestrians and other forklift drivers be more alert, along with using concave mirrors at corners and aisles - these will help to prevent collisions in a warehouse environment. 


In a warehouse, safety should very much be a shared responsibility, so it is important for forklift operators to report any compromise of equipment, hearing or vision that may cause them to overlook the presence of a pedestrian. It is a good practice for the pedestrian and the truck operator to make eye contact to help ensure the pedestrian is recognised and can pass safely.


About Trucks Direct UK


As one of the UK’s most reputable sources for used forklifts, we are incredibly dedicated to all the work we do and have a wide range of forklifts available for you to buy. These include gas forklift trucks, electric forklift trucks and diesel forklift trucks. So, no matter whether you require a side-loader, gas forklift or reach truck, we are certain to have a truck that is suitable for your needs. 


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