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Who Loses Most If Your Warehouse Equipment Causes Accidents?

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To establish what is safe in your warehouse, you have to identify what is unsafe. Thus, to prevent warehouse accidents, let’s define the most common warehouse safety violations cited by the authority … (OSHA). To establish what is safe in your warehouse, you have to identify what is unsafe. Thus, to prevent warehouse accidents, let’s define the most common warehouse safety violations cited by the authority … (OSHA).

Forklift Truck Incidents

  • Forklift poor maintenance 
  • Production factors such as speed or stress
  • Lack of proper tools, attachments and accessories
  • Age of forklifts
  • Lack of training or improper training of workers who have to operate forklift trucks 
  • Improper assignment of forklifts and operators

Common Causes of Forklift Truck Incidents

  • Malfunction of brakes. Malfunction of steering, Malfunction of clutch, shift linkage, or transmission, Malfunction of mast assembly
  • Leaks in hydraulic systems or transmission
  • Safety devices lacking, inadequate, or malfunctioning
  • Emissions from forklifts
  • Blind spots or obstructions blocking driver's view
  • Poor layout of controls and displays
  • Inadequate servicing of the forklift

Warehouse Accident Prevention

As we have often repeated, there are many causes of forklift accidents, but certain underlying reasons are clearly identifiable. Accidents occur when people are untrained, in a hurry, aren’t paying attention or ignore basic safety procedures or drive/work around forklifts that have not been maintained properly. This includes equipment that has not been inspected, or the faulty equipment defects identified were never fixed at all … in other words … the inspection or audit report was ignored. You may feel that not spending the dollars to repair defects saves you money but in fact, doing so often costs much more later on than fixing the repair when discovered. 

Protect the Safety of Your Associates

  • Establish a culture of safety in logistics operations in which every associate from the top-down understands the importance of following sound safety practices and repair proceduresTrain associates – repeatedly and rigorously – to be more conscious of predictable hazardsTurn doing inspections and audits from confrontational to collaborativeFollow up on every needed repair even if it means taking the equipment out of use  Promote accountability safety standards requiring ALL equipment safety measures 

Out-of-compliance maintenance status renders equipment unsafe for operation even when owners are unaware of the condition of their equipment. Worse, out-of-compliance equipment eventually leaves the company at risk for accidents, regulatory fines, or other penalties. Lift Auditors preventive maintenance and audits define a proactive, best-practice maintenance management approach that costs less while ensuring higher equipment reliability, uptime, and more operating profit for you.

Our solutions protect your company’s best interests and helps you avoid financial losses. 

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