Violating OSHA rules and regulations for forklifts can not only lead to infractions and fines for your Indiana warehouse, but can also endanger your employees’ safety. Here are some things to consider to make sure your forklift drivers and employees are following OSHA rules and that you have a safe work environment.
It’s against federal law for anyone under 18 to operate a forklift, with some exceptions for family agricultural businesses. So do your due diligence when hiring employees and when assigning tasks day-to-day to make sure you’re not violating any regulations.
All forklift operators are required to undergo proper forklift operator training and certification on all of the equipment they’re handling and for each specific job they’re responsible for. The training needs to be OSHA-compliant and include instruction for operating the machine, loading and unloading, maintenance, and more.
After certification, occasional performance evaluations are necessary. And if an employee is seen working with the equipment in an unsafe manner, or an accident occurs, they must take a refresher training course.
Accidents are most likely to occur when forklifts are in operation. According to OSHA, the majority of forklift accidents are due to a forklift overturning, a pedestrian being struck by a forklift, a person being crushed by a forklift, and a fall from a forklift that’s on a grade or dock.
Here are just some of the guidelines to follow to prevent accidents and keep employees safe:
Regular forklift maintenance is important to keeping vehicles running well and your employees safe. Companies must inspect forklifts daily for any signs of damage that needs to be repaired, and any unsafe equipment needs to be removed until it’s safe to operate again.
Some basic items to check daily include:
Need help with employee forklift training that meets OSHA standards? Or do you need some extra hands with maintaining your equipment? At Tynan we work with warehouses all over Indiana to keep their workers safe and their equipment in tip-top shape. Call us today at 317-597-4003 to discuss your training and equipment needs.
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