June 13, 2017 is National Forklift Safety Day so we’d like to create awareness for some of our favorite collision prevention solutions.
Forklift accidents are at the top of the list for potential hazards in most distribution centers and warehouses. Collision accidents are quite common so it remains a high priority to safeguard pedestrians and equipment in facilities where any type of industrial lift trucks are used. Thousands of workers are injured every year due to operator negligence or lack of safety provision.
Top accidents involving workers include: Worker/forklift collisions – Load falls onto worker – Driver trapped between forklift and object – Forklift drives off loading dock.
Poor operator judgement and lack of proper operator training account for a portion of forklift accidents. So it’s important to find a good safety training program for your truck operators and make it a company policy to renew certifications on a regular basis. Having your lift trucks routinely inspected and maintained is another must in upholding safety within your facility.
Then there are factors that create accident prone conditions: poor lighting, high noise levels, little or no traffic control, excessive speeds, and insufficient aisle space. So it’s equally important that the work area must also be safeguarded to promote the highest success in safety.
Our Top 8 Collision Prevention Products
If you’re operating forklifts or industrial lift equipment in your facility, we highly recommend the following equipment for well-rounded protection of your work area.
Safety Guardrail –
Promote a safe and efficient work environment by installing guardrail perimeter barriers. Withstands 10,000 lbs. of impact with proper installation. Protects in-plant buildings, expensive equipment, and defines pedestrian walkways.
Pedestrian Barriers –
Clearly separate and define walkways and safe walk areas with pedestrian barriers. Ability to quickly identify safe walk areas from dangerous traffic areas. Cost effective solution.
Post Protectors –
Keep your pallet rack and products intact – post protectors anchor to the floor to prevent damage from forklift collision. End-Of-Aisle protectors available for the full width of your rack upright.
Pallet Rack Safety Netting –
Protect the workers under your products with pallet rack safety nets – reduce the safety hazard of falling items into the work area. Cost effective, durable solution.
Steel Bollards –
Protects dock doors, equipment, buildings from collision damage. Steel bollards are sturdy and effectively absorbs impact.
Safety Gates –
Helps to prevent heavy equipment or products from rolling off your dock. Safety gates provide controlled access and helps to direct safe pedestrian traffic.
Safety Lights & Mirrors –
Provide proper lighting and visual cues to commonly hazardous areas with safety lights and mirrors. Easy to mount on installed dock arms. LED energy efficient lighting available.
Collision Awareness –
Improve critical communication between truck drivers and dock workers. Collison awareness products provide clear signals instantly recognized as ‘stop and go’. Creates awareness at blind intersections or overhead areas.
Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent and potentially avoid forklift related accidents – and making your facility safe for workers, pedestrians, and equipment is something we specialize in.
Contact us for safety consultation and an assessment of your workspace – we’ll help you get your facility on the right track.