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The following scenario is part of our Workplace Safety Consulting and OSHA Compliance Training:

An employee quickly jumped onto the forklift and backed up without carefully looking behind him.  He was only planning on traveling a short distance and was very familiar with driving a forklift.  He backed into a cart, which in turn rolled into a customer causing injury. 

When operating a forklift, we never want to ‘drive by assumption.'  Driving by assumption means taking chances and we should never take this type of risk with forklift safety and the safety of others in the workplace.  

Action:  Assuming that no one is behind the forklift and backing up without carefully looking over our shoulder.

Possible Result: A co-worker or customer could be hit causing a serious workplace injury.

Action:  Assuming that the forklift is operating correctly without conducting a pre-operative forklift safety inspection as required by OSHA forklift training standards.

Possible Result:  The equipment could malfunction causing injury to the employee or anyone around the forklift.

Action:  Assuming that it is okay to operate a forklift without a seatbelt if you are only traveling a short distance.

Possible Result: Forklift could tipover, resulting in serious injury to the operator.

Using M.O.S.T. ®: More than 100 people are killed in accidents involving forklifts each year.  We can prevent these types of accidents by applying the M.O.S.T. ® System and our OSHA forklift training when operating forklifts.  If we are Method Oriented, we are doing the job the correct way every time.  If we apply Safety Thinking, we will always be aware of the potential workplace accidents that could result when operating equipment.

Ask yourself …

•          Do I always conduct a pre-trip inspection before operating the forklift?

 •          Do I always wear my seatbelt?

 •          Do I always look over both shoulders when backing up?

 •          Do I always honk the horn when traveling around corners?

 •          What are some causes of a tipover in a forklift?

Powered industrial trucks are designed for high manueverability so the operator must be trained to maintain stability!   Johnston & Associates offers creative and fresh forklift training. Through proper OSHA forklift training and by following OSHA standards in forklift safety, you can help prevent injuries in your workplace! For additional training materials and workplace safety consulting options, contact Johnston & Associates today!