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Forklifts and other types of heavy material handling equipment are essential to the success of many logistics, distribution, and supply chain operations. But they also introduce workplace hazards like collisions, tip-overs, and “struck-by” conditions, which is why it’s important for employees to follow proper safety measures at all times. Employees in those operations know that staying safe on the job is even more important than staying productive. While some safety tips may seem obvious, it’s the small details that go a long way in keeping employees safe throughout a shift. Here are a few common safety-related questions, along with answers that will provide crews with important safety tips and insights on how propane-powered equipment can enhance workplace safety: Q: What are some basic forklift safety practices that tend to get overlooked? Complete a routine equipment check before operating. Any damage or problems should be reported to management, and the forklift should not be operated if it needs to be repaired. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Hard hats, protective footwear, high-visibility clothing, and other PPE, as provided by the employer, are recommended when working around forklifts. Buckle up. Overturned forklifts are a leading cause of forklift-related injuries and fatalities. By buckling up while in a sit-down forklift, operators can save themselves from getting crushed by the machine’s overhead guard or roll cage in the event of an accident. Don’t surpass a forklift’s weight capacity. By keeping loads within the weight capacity, operators can reduce the risk of tipping the machine. Operate at a safe speed, use the horn when needed, and use caution on grades or ramps. Forklift operators should sound their horn in locations where vision is obstructed to help alert pedestrians or other operators and avoid collisions. Operators should also take corners and turns slowly to minimize […]
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