Forklifts and Pedestrian Safety

Course Description:

Many workers who work in or walk through areas where forklifts operate are at risk of serious injury from contact with a forklift. There are simple, safe practices and precautions that pedestrians can take to avoid direct contact and prevent injury. This course provides information for workers and others who walk in areas where forklifts operate about the hazards of forklifts and safe practices to prevent contact incidents and injuries. By the end of the training session, you will be able to identify the hazards of working around forklifts, recognize the hazardous conditions and risk factors that contribute to forklift/pedestrian incidents, describe worksite safety controls to protect pedestrians from contact with forklifts, apply safe work practices and precautions while working or walking near forklifts to prevent injury, and report near misses, unsafe conditions, and injuries

Course Duration: 21 minutes

Why “Forklifts and Pedestrian Safety” Matters:

There are strict OSHA regulations that forklift operators must follow to safely operate a forklift, but there are no OSHA requirements for pedestrians who work near forklifts. Common injuries to pedestrians who work or walk near forklifts are crushed hands, feet, and torso when struck by a forklift or caught between a forklift and another object; head and body injuries from falling from a forklift or the forks; and burns from forklift battery acid. There are simple, safe practices that pedestrians can learn that will prevent contact with forklifts and avoid injuries

Key Points:

  • Getting struck by a forklift or falling object, getting caught between a forklift and object, falling off a forklift, fires, and chemical burns are examples of hazards to pedestrians from forklifts.
  • Blocked line of site and obstructions in aisleways are risk factors that increase the chance of forklift/ pedestrian incidents.
  • A danger or caution sign is a worksite safety control that helps protect pedestrians from contact with forklifts.
  • A forklift yielding the right-of-way to a pedestrian is a safe work practice to prevent incidents.
  • Incident reports can be used to correct problems and prevent injuries in the future.

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