Although the number of work-related fatalities in Australia has declined over recent years, they do still occur. It’s possible that many of these cases could have been avoided. Nobody wants to become a statistic, and nobody wants an accident to occur in their workplace. Yet, some employees can jeopardize their own safety and the safety of the public without proper training. One such area that requires safety training is materials handling.
Operating a forklift truck requires skill and strict adherence to safety measures. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you are providing your forklift operators with the necessary training and systems to keep them as safe as possible.
Materials handling is a job that requires responsibility and accountability. Often heavy, bulky loads make driver visibility difficult and it’s not uncommon for drivers to become a bit careless about their personal safety when they are performing daily tasks.
If the torso or limbs of the operator protrude outside the vehicle contours, the operator is in danger of incurring serious physical harm, and in the event of an accident could have part of their body crushed. Thankfully, there is a solution to this challenge: shoulder protection hoop guards. This safety measure protects the operator’s upper body potential harm and reduces the risk of limbs being exposed to danger.
When moving a heavy load, it’s important to know how to prevent uncontrolled rolling of the forklift truck on ramps. A great safety solution is our system of automatically activated holding and parking brakes. These braking systems ensure that your vehicle and loads remain controlled at all times, minimizing the risk of collision with vehicles, pedestrians or buildings.
We all recognize the need for wearing a seatbelt while driving a car – it’s no less important when operating a forklift. Linde’s orange seatbelts protect drivers from personal injury in the event of an accident, or if the vehicle has to stop abruptly. (The bright color also makes it easy for factory supervisors to see whether it is being worn or not). Installing a sequential seatbelt monitoring system ensures that the driver is buckled up before moving the vehicle.
Safety doors add another level of protection for your forklift operators, as well as providing weather protection for outdoor use. Without obscuring vision, they minimize the risk of the driver being harmed by obstacles around the truck.
A forklift truck that is fitted with a redundant truck control unit guarantees ultimate safety. Safety related commands for lifting or driving are not activated unless they are ‘okayed’ by two processors simultaneously. This state-of-the art technology means greater precision and prevention of control errors.
When safety is a priority, everyone is a winner. Your staff and the public remain safe, efficiency is maximized, downtime due to injury is minimized and your workplace accident record stays clean.