Forklift Safety Facts: Preventing Accidents in Your Workplace


If forklifts are in operation in your facility, it’s imperative that you keep workers using those forklifts safe from injury.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) noted these factors that contribute to forklift accidents:

  • Lack of training or improper training of workers
  • Production factors, such as speed or stress
  • Lack of proper tools, attachments and accessories
  • Improper assignment of forklifts and operators
  • Poor maintenance of forklifts
  • Age of forklifts

Addressing these issues can help make your facility safer when it comes to the use of forklifts. But don’t forget about the people who are working around those forklifts.

It’s also important for employers to put safeguards in place to prevent pedestrian accidents with forklifts.

CCOHS offers many suggestions to help ensure pedestrian safety, such as:

  • Separate the pedestrian and forklift traffic by creating designated walkways or travel ways.
  • Restrict people from entering areas where the forklift is operating.
  • Keep a safe distance from the forklift whenever possible.
  • Ensure the area is well lit and there are no obstructions.
  • Limit forklift travel speed.
  • Do not walk near or under raised forks.

What have you done to ensure forklift safety in your facility? Is there anything else you can do? Have you provided your workers with proper training?

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