Safety Guide For People Working Near Forklifts

We talk a lot about safety for forklift drivers but often it’s pedestrians who are at risk of being hurt by a forklift while at work.

If you frequently cross paths with trucks and forklifts at work, your senses need to be on high alert.  As a pedestrian in a warehouse for example, you need to pay attention to things like:

  • Horns – indicating that operators are coming into blind spots or intersections that are potential dangerous
  • Backup alarms – indicating when a truck or forklift is in reverse
  • Engine noise – depending on the type of forklift around you, you might be able to distinguish the sound of a forklift in motion as opposed to a forklift lifting a load
  • Flashing lights – indicating that the forklift is in use
  • Single tasking – don’t walk and read at the same time (for example)
  • Exaggerated road sense: look once then twice, and again before crossing aisles or intersections
  • Signalling the driver if you want to talk to him/her, then wait for them to indicate that they can chat
  • After a chat, move away from the driver before he/she starts moving.

Safe Work NSW have produced this excellent guide below to keep you safe when you work with or near forklifts. Remember, safety at work is everyone’s concern.

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