Sadly, injuries and industrial accidents at construction locations are extremely common and occur more frequently than anybody would like. Based on statistics, a huge majority of these incidents happen because of inadequate or wholly absent protocols and safety training. An equipment like a forklift could be a very dangerous type of machine if incorrectly used.
With nearly all types of equipment, proper maintenance is the first step towards maintenance. You need to make sure that the machine is performing at an optimum level before trying to utilize it and you should never try to use anything that doesn't seem to be functioning correctly. Safety first!
In general, there are several pertinent safety measures which are key to help using warehouse and construction machinery. To begin with, the tines, shovels or other lifting components should never ever be used to transport people. This machine is not a moving work station or an elevator. It is a heavy-duty piece of industrial machinery that must be respected at all times.
Before raising any cargo, it is vital to make certain that the load is properly settled and balanced on your forks. Any poorly or unwieldy centered object stands a good chance of falling off the blades and possibly causing injury to passers-by or co-workers. In addition, whatever is being transported could easily end up broken.
It is never a good idea to stand between the load, a wall or other surface and the forklift. The operator of the forklift may not be able to see exactly where you are from their position and can end up crushing your arm accidentally in between items if you are not paying attention. It is never a good idea to be hanging around machines that is being utilized.
Follow and know the load restrictions of a particular equipment's load bearing characteristics. Severe damage and injury can happen if you try to raise something that is too big or very heavy. Furthermore, take note of your cargo's height and speed while you are transporting it to make sure you are within the correct safety parameters.
Your chances of a workplace accident is greatly reduced if you can operate your forklift in a safe way. Injuries and product damage could be easily prevented as long as everybody takes the time to ensure they are following all the manufacturer's safety guidelines set out for that particular unit.