Tips When Working With Heavy Machinery

In addition to these things, another important factor in work safety in industrial settings is the fact that you’re often surrounded by moving vehicles such as forklifts, front end loaders, warehouse stackers, etc. When you first start a job, you’re quite cognizant of these things and you take extra care to be safe around them. But if you’re like most people, after a few months on the job the vehicles running down the aisles and around corners have just become background noise, and it’s easy to forget how dangerous they are. After a while, as work safety fades from you mind, the fact that your working environment is filled with dangerous moving vehicles no longer even registers with you.


These machines are quite dangerous, as they’re among the leading causes of injuries at work. Many of these machines can weigh as much or more than a car, and if you get caught between them and a wall, or if you get run over by one, the chances of you being seriously injured are very high. If an aisle is designated for these vehicles, stay out of the aisle. When crossing any aisle, stop and look both ways just as in crossing a street. Safety first! If there are blind spots, there should be overhead mirrors so you can see what’s around the corner. Use them! If the mirrors aren’t there, point out to your boss or safety director that one is needed. Don’t ever hitch a ride on a forklift or similar machine. They are notoriously unstable and there’s a good chance you’ll be thrown off or fall off. Worse yet, your weight could cause the vehicle to tip over on you. Equally unsafe is standing on the forks of such machines – don’t ever do that. Don’t ever get on the fork at all, unless it’s in a cage designed specifically for that purpose and includes safety harnesses. Don’t ever try to operate a forklift or other vehicle that you’re not trained to use. You may think you can figure it out, but all it takes is the wrong button pushed or the wrong lever turned, and you could cause an accident and hurt someone. Besides, your boss should never let you operate it if you’re not trained – that’s a big safety hazard. Always pay attention to horns and prepare to move out of the way quickly when you hear one. Also, if a forklift or other vehicle is maneuvering near you, or stacking or unstacking a shelf or rack in your vicinity, vacate the area until the dangerous work is over. You can’t be too careful when it comes to forklifts and safety.

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Tips For Working With Industrial Machinery
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