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FORKLIFT SAFETY - ELEVATING PERSONNEL SAFELY

Forklifts (or powered industrial trucks) were never intended by manufacturers as a means of lifting personnel to perform job tasks at heights. Through the years, however, it became apparent, as evidenced by the number of injuries occurring, that this was, indeed, a method being employed for getting to light fixtures, top storage racks, elevated motors and other items too high to reach from the floor or from a ladder. It was viewed as a quicker way to accomplish tasks. Instead of going to the storage area and retrieving a ladder, riding the forks to the upper level would take less time--that is, if you didn't count the time you were off work or in the hospital recovering from injuries because you fell.

In an attempt to reduce this exposure, regulatory groups, manufacturers and other interested parties decided that developing a "safe method" of elevating personnel would be the best course of action.

Presently, forklifts may be used to lift personnel only if the following guidelines are followed:

A safe and adequate access/egress must be provided for workers entering and exiting the work platform.

 

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