If your warehouse uses a forklift, safety is paramount. Forklift accidents are some of the most common and preventable accidents on the warehouse floor. By ensuring your workers are trained and certified on the forklift, along with providing continuous maintenance, safety instructions, and training will help prevent accidents. Let’s look at five tips for preventing forklift accidents in the workplace.
5 of the Best Tips for Preventing Forklift Accidents
1. Offer Constant Forklift Training
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that anyone using a forklift is certified in how it operates. This means that you need to make sure all workers using a forklift in your warehouse are certified and up-to-date for the proper operation of the vehicle.
2. Teach Proper Forklift Parking
Make sure that your workers know where and how to park forklifts at the end of use. Ensure they’re doing this to avoid common injuries and issues, such as running into the forklifts unintentionally and blocking entrances.
5. Address Driving Issues Immediately
If you notice issues with a worker on a forklift, address them at once. If you notice issues with the forklift itself, have it checked out immediately. By ensuring your forklift is operating as intended, along with making sure your workers are driving properly promotes safety daily.
5. Train Workers to Load the Forklift Properly
Using the forklift is only part of the battle during the work day. Make sure your workers know how to load and unload the forklift properly. A wrongly loaded forklift can tip over, injure workers, and cause damage to your warehouse’s fixtures, panels, and more.
6. Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide Forklift Emissions
Forklifts, like other vehicles, emit carbon monoxide when in use. This means that your warehouse needs to have the proper ventilation and carbon monoxide detectors in place to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Forklift accidents and issues occur in every warehouse. With proper training, coaching, and implementing safety procedures into its everyday use, you can prevent forklift accidents during the day.
FAQs about our turnkey warehouse operations:
Do you serve my location?
CONESCO serves the entire United States from multiple locations.
How quickly can we get started?
It might be quicker than you think! The first step is to give us a call or have us call you. Once we have a good understanding of your unique situation, we typically provide a quote within 5 days and will schedule a time with you to have one of our team members come visit your site.
How long will the used equipment removal process take?
We get that question all the time! It depends on many factors such as:
- will the warehouse be shut down or,
- will it still be operating?
- How much material is there?
- Are the uprights bolted down to the ground?
Best practice is to give yourself multiple months of time in planning so that way you provide a buffer for your project to finish according to a timeline. Getting a full count of the materials and good pictures is a great way to start the process of evaluating the decommission of your warehouse.
Will you buy and remove everything from our warehouse?
Our specialty is in used pallet racks (uprights, beams, wiredecks, pallet supports), pallet rack accessories (like guide/ guard rail, netting), conveyor systems, mezzanines, and pick modules. If your warehouse also includes different material like
- shrink wraps or
then we can buy/ remove those as well.
Sometimes material is in bad shape or is a very uncommon size or outdated brand. In some of these cases we do not purchase the materials, however we still can provide you with our teardown services to remove the materials from your warehouse. We encourage everyone to reach out so we can better understand what is in your warehouse and what your intentions are. Once we have a good understanding, we are happy to provide you with our recommendations, even if that means not using us.
Will you clean up after you have finished with the shelving and equipment removal?
Absolutely! Removing used warehouse equipment is a messy job. All debris will be properly disposed of and the floors swept.
Will you leave holes in the floor or walls after the removal process?
No. Removing floor anchors does create holes but we take responsibility for grinding them down to be flush with the cement or fill them with cement epoxy.
We are still operating. Can you work around us?
Yes! There are a few things that will need to happen in order to ensure everyone’s safety and some other items need communicated like an agreed upon timeline. It’s true, an operating warehouse will sometimes slow down a teardown project. But, we understand it’s necessary to avoid disruption of your business during the warehouse shelving and equipment removal process.