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.