It’s Safety Monday again! This week Jeff helped deliver our safety message: forklift awareness.
For the BWS team, this was a relevant issue to discuss. Not only are forklifts used regularly in our facility, but statistically speaking, they have had a large impact on North Americans in the work place. In Canada and the U.S., there are 85 fatalities each year involving a lift truck, and over 35,000 injuries.
We often stress the importance of communication in our facility. Namely, always make eye contact with a forklift operator before approaching the truck to ensure they know you are there. Some additional guidelines used here are as follows:
- Make yourself aware of forklift traffic in your area
- Always yield the right of way to a forklift – it is sometimes difficult for the driver to see those in front of them
- Be cautious when crossing a forklift’s designated pathway
- Always remember that forklifts steer at the rear; unlike a car, the back end can swing quite quickly
If you would like access to more information on forklifts, inspections, and safety, please visit http://www.ccohs.ca/headlines/text16.html.
With that said, have a safe and happy work week everyone!