22 Jan Forklift Pedestrian Safety
A warehouse is like a city. The aisles are its roadways, and the racking, its buildings. And just like in a city, rules must be followed in order to keep everyone safe and operations running smoothly.
One of the primary difficulties in a warehouse is creating a safe environment for forklift operators and pedestrians to coexist in. The two work at separate paces in a different rhythm making it easy for one to overlook the needs of the other. In order for a warehouse or distribution center to maximize safety, both pedestrians and forklift operators must follow a clear set of guidelines. It is not enough to simply “watch out.”
OSHA reports suggest that over 10% of forklifts in the United States will be involved in an accident over the course of the year. Nearly 35,000 of those accidents will result in serious injury, and 85 will result in a fatality. At least 10% of forklift related injuries result from a pedestrian being struck or run over by a forklift. The good news? 70% of all these accidents can be avoided with proper training and enforced safety policies.