Forklifts: Are They Efficient or Trouble Waiting to Happen?
Imagine your worksite without this helpful and efficient machinery. If you work in a warehouse setting or any environment where heavy loads are stored at great heights, this equipment is an absolute necessity.
There are Substantial Risks
That said, there are substantial risks associated with any piece of heavy equipment. When you compound equipment risks with height risks, the potential for something to go wrong with a lift truck increases exponentially. Using the machine incorrectly, failing to use safety gear, or even judging distance incorrectly can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation.
You Can Reduce Risks and Make Forklifts Convenient Rather than Threatening
So, we’ve acknowledged that forklifts are an almost irreplaceable piece of equipment in many job sites. We’ve also acknowledged that forklifts can be incredibly dangerous, and they are responsible for hundreds of on-site injuries every single year. Is this just a conundrum that business owners have to deal with? Does the convenience of a forklift come at the expense of worker safety?
Of course not! There are ways to lower the risk that forklifts present, keep your employees safe from harm, and utilize the incredible efficiency and effectiveness of these machines. It starts with education.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard is B335-04 (R2012) “Safety standard for forklift trucks” includes the development and implementation of a lift truck safety program, operator training requirements, qualifications of the lift truck trainer (including medical and fitness requirements), maintenance and repair practices, etc.
Enrolling your employees in online training for forklift safety and lift truck training is an investment in the future of your business. You’ll be able to maximize productivity with this equipment while minimizing risk. What a perfect combination.