A forklift safety plan discusses how the employees will interact with the forklift, whether they operate it or not. By making employees aware of the forklift and its operations, we find we can reduce the rate of accidents.
Part of a forklift safety plan addresses the maintenance and storage of the machine. By considering these items well before the machine needs care, there will be less downtime. We find that it helps productivity immensely.
Additionally, part of a forklift safety plan is specifying a person to oversee the forklifts. This supervisor manages the maintenance concerns, as well as any questions regarding operation. By establishing this chain of command early, there will be less confusion overall.
Forklift safety plans also specify the rules of operation that each employee follows. That starts before the employees turn on the machine. Items like safety vests, boots, and a rested state all fit the forklift operating rules.
We also know that forklift safety plans that are developed internally take into account the facility limitations better. This distinction lets each forklift safety plan reflect reasonable speeds, load restrictions, cornering procedures, and more. Overall, that tends to make a safer plan.
Additionally, the forklift operating hazards are unique to each environment. Hazards like troublesome corners, old lane lines, and even persnickety overhead doors can be addressed in a forklift safety plan that a business develops.