Today’s lift trucks boast more designed-in safety features than ever. Operators will get the greatest benefit from these advances if they’re paired with proper training.
By Toby Gooley
As part of our special coverage of National Forklift Safety Day 2017, we asked manufacturers why they think it’s important to incorporate safety features into their trucks, and how they decide which ones to add. Along with addressing those questions, they provided some recent examples of safety-related enhancements to their products. Finally, they offered their thoughts about the continuing responsibility of operators and fleet managers to maintain a safe work environment.
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
When it comes to safety, lift truck operators have their work cut out for them. “Today’s warehouses and manufacturing facilities are dynamic, at times unstructured environments,” notes Mick McCormick, vice president of warehouse solutions for Yale Materials Handling Corp. “Operators must be aware of co-workers, foot traffic, other vehicles, and infrastructure like racking and walls—all while remaining focused on the task at hand.”
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