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SAFETY RULES FOR
PEOPLE WORKING AROUND INDUSTRIAL LIFT TRUCKS
Call them what you like -- forklifts, lift
trucks, bulls. They can be a large part of any industrial operation. Most
forklift safety training concentrates on the operators, with good cause. They
are the ones who are maneuvering the heavy, and sometimes awkward, loads through
aisles, around corners and up ramps.
A well-known lift truck manufacturer recently
stated that 60% of injuries/fatalities involving lift trucks are sustained by
co-workers, not operators. Like I said, most of the training concentrates on
operator safety, not on the people who work around the lift trucks.
The following 7 tips are meant to raise the
awareness of pedestrians:
Remember, it is easy to become immune to the
dangers of working around a lift truck. With all of the noises that can occur
during a work shift, back up and warning sounds can blend in with everything
else. The key is to be aware of your surroundings.
There is one last thing you should remember. If you do get into an altercation with a lift truck, the lift truck will most likely win.
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