Top 5 forklift safety videos

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Top 5 forklift safety videos

Top 5 forklift safety videos

 

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Forklift safety prevents immediate dangers to yourself and other employees working in your area. Drivers who operate forklifts with proper forklift training will prevent, or even reduce accidents from happening on the job site. Get in touch with us today and start reducing your accidents at the workplace. These top 5 videos will show forklift operators how to remain safe on the job.

 

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1. Forklifts Are Not Toys

Find out the difference between driving a forklift and a car

Creator: American Lift Equipment

As you can see from the above video, forklifts are not toys. When used safely, they save you time and make your job much easier. The number one priority for forklift safety is to be aware of your surroundings.  Imagine how much more work would have to be done if we didn’t have forklifts. Forklifts are powerful tools but you must be trained and authorized before you begin to use one and once you begin driving you should follow all the safety rules and procedures. The above video goes over some basic rules that every forklift operator needs to know. You will find out that the forklift steering is not the same as car steering. The stability of a forklift is also quite different from a car. The video also makes several good points you may not be aware of which could save you from getting pinned under the forklift. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) standards require every forklift operator to be a competent person. Your employer, your co-workers and your family want you to finish every shift safely. Please contact us today and get your proper training!

 

2. Let’s See A Show of Hands

Learn how to prevent forklift accidents

Creator:Mentor FLT Training Ltd

An easy way to improve forklift safety is with forklift operator communication as demonstrated in this video entitled “Show Your Hand!”  When the forklift operator shows their hand it will reduce the risk of accidents or serious injuries. Pedestrians are at the highest risk for serious injury; 57% of people injured in accidents involving forklifts are pedestrians. Forklift accidents in the workplace happen because of a lack of forklift operator communication, So how do we limit the risk? With an effective forklift safety method called “Show Your Hands”. When the forklift driver sees any pedestrian they should hold up their hand in a stop motion. The pedestrian should look out for hand signals; if they see the hand signal they are too close. Forklifts are so heavy and powerful that even the smallest bump from a forklift can send a pedestrian flying. Take responsibility for your own safety and for the pedestrians around you today.

 

3. What’s Wrong With This?

Can you pick out the forklift safety mistakes?

Creator: Industrial Container Services

This video shows some common mistakes to avoid when operating a forklift. Your job is to carefully watch this video and point out where the forklift operator made mistakes. If you miss a mistake or an infraction, make sure you remember it and apply it to your day-to-day work.  Every forklift driver will make a mistake at some point. Just as even the most careful road user will have a bump at some point in their driving life. Even the most experienced forklift operators will make common and routine mistakes.

Forklift operators must take their jobs seriously. Forklift operators drive around forklifts moving materials in busy areas including storage yards, factories, and warehouses.There are often other operators, pedestrians, and co-workers within close vicinity of an operating forklift. They need to beware of safety procedures too and the possible danger of being around a forklift, in order to prevent serious injuries — and even death. Let us also remind you that is it required by OSHA that ALL operators of forklifts be properly trained.

 

4. Safety Starts With You!

Observe the safety rules that could keep your work environment safe

Creator:   Safety Memos
 
This video tells us that safety starts with you. It goes through 8 important rules to follow when operating a forklift in the workplace. Every year 11% of forklift injuries are caused by accidents that could have been prevented if the simple safety rules would have been followed. The video addresses the following rules:
  • make a daily inspection
  • wear seat belts
  • watch out for pedestrians,
  • keep people away
  • slow down
  • adjust your driving according to the driving surface
  • follow the rules of a raised load
  • beware of your center of gravity

Also mentioned is “distraction”, which is risky behavior.  When you’re distracted you’re not paying full attention to your task.  Many forklift operators do not recognize this as an obvious hazard. Recognizing hazards will reduce serious injuries or even death.

 

5. Ontario Inspects Forklifts For Safety

Learn how to be prepared for your next visit by the Ontario Forklift Inspector

Created: ONgov

Ontario MOL (Ministry of Labour) inspectors will come to your workplace to ensure that all forklift operators have been trained and educated. The role of the inspector is to conduct inspections and investigations and to make sure the employers are complying with their responsibilities. In the video the inspector talks about what she looks for during a forklift inspection. Not only are they inspecting for compliance but also to work with employers and workers to educate them about best practices in workplace safety. Specific hazards, health, and safety in your workplace are discussed with the inspector. They believe that all forklift accidents are preventable and with safe operation, proper measures and procedures and good equipment there is no reason to have a forklift incident in your workplace.

 

Summary

In summary, forklift safety is a serious matter. Forklift accidents which result in the loss of life, significant personal injuries, and damage to products and property can be prevented with the proper training and adherence to the rules. Contact us to learn how to operate a forklift and other powered industrial trucks safely. It may save your life.

 

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Top 10 Forklift Safety Tips

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Forklift safety should be the number one priority in a workplace. Each year, more than one-third of the deaths attributed to forklifts are pedestrians. Roughly 100 deaths per year are caused by forklifts, 36% are pedestrians, 16% are crushed by the forklift, 20% struck by the forklift and the rest are all other accidents. Other forklift accidents lead to significant damage and injuries; and many are totally avoidable. To start your safe forklift operation, Contact us today!

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 OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulates forklift use. Simple things like the proper use of forklift marking signs and forklift marking tape to designate forklift crossings can even save lives. The following 10 forklift safety tips will help you reduce accidents and help those you work with stay safe.

 

Top 10 Forklift Safety Tips

 

When it comes to forklift safety in your workplace, you have to be proactive and always determine ways to mitigate risks. In this video there are 10  basic effective tips to improve health and safety in your warehouse and to keep your workers safe. Most injuries or accidents are avoidable. 

 
 

 

Here are our top ten forklift safety tips. Click on the links below to find out more about each tip.

Contents

  1. Inspect Your Forklift
  2. Warn and Protect Pedestrians
  3. Move Slow
  4. Keep Your Forks Low
  5. Move Your Load Low
  6. If You Can’t See, Drive Backwards
  7. Secure Your Forklift Load
  8. Keep People off Load and Forks
  9. Study the Manual
  10. Forklifts and Drugs or Booze Don’t Mix

 

1. Inspect Your Forklift

 

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Daily inspection of your forklift is always the first safety tip that is a “must do”.  A forklift undergoes immense amounts of stress, for this reason OSHA 1910.178(q)(7)  mandates that every forklift and lift truck undergo a in-depth daily inspection before every shift. When you operate a forklift, you are taking responsibility for machinery and you must look for anything that is out of the ordinary, such as:

  • forks are not bent
  • no fluid drips
  • hoses are secure
  • no damaged overhead guard
  • seat belt works
  • tire wear or damage
  • floor clear of objects
  • fire extinguisher is present
  • loose or broken wires

By performing these daily inspections, it allows you to find defects and prevent accidents. A good rule when doing the visual inspection is to use some of your senses. Listen for strange noises, Smell for smoke and Look for defects and anything unusual.

 

2. Warn and Protect Pedestrians

 

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Workplace safety requires some thinking ahead and providing a forklift safety system for pedestrians, forklift operators and visitors. Forklift safety protocol is a powerful way to protect your people. It can include safety measures from creating pedestrian lanes using marking tape and warnings signs, to installing guards to block sensitive areas to protect against the chance of impact. Eliminate the risk of injury or death and create a safe workplace with the items below:

  • Signs and markings
  • Warning lights
  • Guards, rails
  • Lighting
  • Mirrors
  • Parking Zone
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Speed Bumps
  • PPE Kit

The blue warning forklift light is a bright blue circle of light on the floor warns workers of an approaching vehicle. Pedestrians may not see or hear industrial traffic. In this video it will show you how the blue safety light can save a pedestrian so they can go home to their family.

 

Companies should care about all employees because pedestrian accidents are among the leading causes of injury and death in a warehouse. Where forklifts work, pedestrians are at risk. Creating a safe forklift system in your warehouse will make minor warehouse hazards a thing of the past.

 

3. Move Slow

 

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Go slowly and be careful on lift trucks; it will give you time to react without causing a catastrophe. It is not easy to tell a forklift driver to slow down, but you must find a way to implement the practice of not driving faster than a walk. Post clearly marked forklift speed limit signs in and around the facility where the forklifts usually pass. Forklift operators need to use judgement based upon the specific load, traffic conditions, and other variables. The operator may need to go slower than the limit established to perform efficiently and safely. Basically it’s the same thing we do in our cars every day ( well, some of us). There is new technology that has a speed sensor that can govern the speed of the engine. If owners and management would instill the same fear as getting caught speeding, not wearing seat belts or smoking in a workplace with the same consequences, they could control how fast forklift operators drive making the workplace safer. Watch this video for more to learn that traffic management and exclusion zones are for everyone’s safety Moving around safely during loading and unloading.

 

4. Keep Your Forks Low

 

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When driving a forklift typically in a warehouse the forks should be above the ground at a height of 6 to 8 inches, approximately the same height that will go through a wooden pallet. If you scrape the floor surface, your forks are too low. When you reach an incline or slope it can be dangerous, that is why when traveling on a slope, drive the forklift in reverse. Even if there is no load, keep the forks as low as possible. If you have an accident involving a person and your forks are low, the person’s legs will most likely be injured, but if the forks are high you could spear someone’s abdomen or chest and kill them. Also knowing your path of travel can give you an insight into how high your forks should be.

When parking your forklift, leave the forks on the ground level, tilted forward so they are not raised at all. Forks on the ground are a trip hazard, however you get a chance to lift your foot as you trip to recover your balance. Reducing accidents but whats more important is reducing the severity of injuries when accidents do happen.

 

5. Move Your Load Low

 

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To handle a load safely you must remember that forklifts are top-heavy, therefore you need to carry the load low and tilted back against the backrest. By doing this, you move the center of gravity towards the rear of forklift making it more secure when driving. If the load is too high it wobbles more and there is a higher risk the forklift could flip, injuring or killing the operator as well as damaging the load. Keep the load low.

Do not raise forks when driving. The operator’s view will be obstructed and more likely to cause a serious accident. Forklifts should be at the required height, enough to clear the terrain, but not too high to hit something or someone. Spread the forks as wide as possible for even distribution and load stability. Always ensure the forks face uphill when traveling up or down slopes with a load. It is a good practice to put the fork arms just below the front axle of the forklift and it should be as close to the ground as possible.

 

6. If You Can’t See, Drive Backwards

 

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If you can’t see what’s in front of you, avoid the temptation to raise your load above line of site. Again, when a load is high, you risk forklift tip over. The proper thing to do is go in reverse with the load low and keeping an eye to the sides and front. You don’t want to hit anything with your forks or the pallet. Good visibility sets up a driver to make better decisions and operate their forklift safely around pedestrians, storage racks, and machinery. Frazzled or distracted drivers whose sight is impaired will have accidents.

There are few other options if your visibility is poor:

  • do not continue driving, get a lockout helper to assist you
  • add a back up camera system that helps drivers see where their eyes can not.

If you chose to drive a forklift with an obstructed view, it could land you a five day suspension as shown in the story below.

  

7. Secure Your Forklift Load

If you work with forklifts, selecting the right equipment to lift and transport loads will keep your people safe. Watch this video for simple steps to handle loads safely. Unstable loads, unloading and loading improperly, and operating at inappropriately high speeds can cause serious injuries.

 

Don’t try to pick up a load unless it has been secured by wrapping or banding. The load should be correctly stacked and positioned across both forks to prevent the load from falling off the forklift. Ensure the load is as centered as possible on the forklift and distribute the heaviest part of the load nearest the front wheels of the forklift. A wrapped or strapped single load is much easier to control than lots of boxes each falling in every direction.

You might have more difficulty than usual if you are moving something that is an unsymmetrical shape, it can be more challenging. Distribute the weight evenly when carrying irregular sized loads. You must take extra care when moving objects that are prone to toppling. You should also not use damaged, decayed, or deformed pallets and skids. Remember, falling loads can cause injury and damage.

 

8. Keep People Off Your Load and Forks

 

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You’ve probably seen it before – people standing on the forks raising them in the air.  Don’t do it. Using your forks for anything other than what they’re made for can cause serious damage. You cannot anticipate what people will do, those forks could kill someone if you accidentally move them. Do not carry a passenger unless the forklift is designed to carry more than one person which means it has an additional seat, footrest, and seat belt. Standing, working or walking under the raised forks should also not be allowed. You could kill a person or break their neck if you lower your load or the forks onto them.

Forklifts are designed for carrying loads only. There is no excuse for not observing simple safety practices. Raising people on forks is extremely risky and dangerous. Incorrect safety procedures can have a serious impact on lives, families, and businesses. The workplace should have a zero tolerance approach to the unsafe use of forklifts – one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment found at a workplace. You as a forklift operator are responsible.

 

9. Study the Manual

 

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Working safely should be at the top of your list so read, study and keep the forklift operator manual with the lift truck at all times. The manual information is vital and must be clearly understood by the operator.  Whenever a question arises regarding your lift truck, the manual will be handy. Hitting a wrong switch at the wrong moment could lead to tragedy. You and others around you can be seriously injured or even killed if you don’t know how to use the forklift correctly. Every manual is specific to each forklift and can not be interchanged. The forklift manual contains basic rules for the safe operation and manufacturers recommended operating procedures. It helps you observe all warning plates, decals, and how to use the forklift safely. Learning the safe way to operate a forklift may save your life. 

 

10. Forklifts and Drugs or Alcohol Don’t Mix

 

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You don’t want to be in the path of someone who’s operating a forklift while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drinking, drugs, and working don’t mix. A forklift is already difficult enough to operate when sober. There are many dangers that come with mixing two or more drugs. Whether they are prescription, over-the-counter, alcohol or street drugs, it reduces your ability of operating a forklift. Side effects of drugs include drowsiness, fatigue, stress and altering one’s judgement which may cause a serious or deadly accident.

Now that our society is changing with the new legalization of marijuana, we are facing a bigger risk for forklift accidents to happen unnecessarily. As it comes close to legalizing marijuana, whether for medical or recreational use, employers are challenged with adapting their policies and programs. Employers will need to make their company’s position very clear about alcohol and drugs and what course of action will be taken if the policy is not followed.  Either they will need to educate their workers on a regular basis throughout the year or they will need to implement drug testing. According to a recent survey, about 10% of Canadian worksites and 18% of BC worksites with 100 or more employees have drug testing programs. These programs are much more common in the United States, where legislation in the 1980s made drug testing more widespread in all types of companies. In Canada, drug testing is primarily conducted in situations where safety is a concern. 

Driving a forklift under any influence of drugs or alcohol affects productivity, absenteeism and can cause serious injuries or death, not only for the driver but for all other workers and visitors. Forklifts and drugs or alcohol don’t mix and can have unpredictable and unwanted consequences.

OSHA Safety Signs

Did you know that OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, requires specific ANSI labeling in the workplace? In fact there’s a long list of labels and signs that industrial employers are required to display to help protect workers from hazards as shown in this video.

 

 
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The Importance of Daily Forklift Operator Checks

 

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The purpose of daily forklift operator checks is to evaluate whether the forklift operator is conducting their business in a safe way. If you, as a forklift operator, do not take responsibility, to correctly maintain and keep your forklift in a serviceable condition, there is potential to cause accidents, injury or even death. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires that forklift vehicles have to be inspected at least daily, or after each shift when they have been used around the clock. This inspection helps contribute to a safer working environment and prevent costly lift truck repairs. Contact us for your forklift training to learn all the key factors before and after operating a forklift. 

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The Importance of Daily Forklift Operator Checks

A forklift can become a dangerous thing in a workplace for workers, visitors and the people around it. There are lots of things you can do to prevent injuries, such as risk assessments, ongoing operator monitoring, reporting incidents and high-quality training. However, there is one precaution in particular that you should pay close attention to and is the practice of daily checks. These pre-inspections are very important as they can identify small problems and stop them becoming bigger problems. There are a number of benefits of doing a pre-inspection check; it can reduce your costs, increase uptime, and improve battery life. 

 

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When forklift drivers fail to inspect their forklifts prior to use, accidents like this can happen. A 43 year-old man was killed while using a forklift to unload steel tubing from a flatbed trailer. Turning the forklift behind the trailer, the forklift began to turn over on its side. The driver jumped from the seat toward the driveway where his head and neck were ultimately pinned under the forklift’s overhead guard. An inspection revealed slack in the steering mechanism that required the driver to turn the steering wheel more than half a revolution before the wheels started to turn and a damaged right-side rear axle stop that didn’t restrict lateral sway as the forklift turned. Tragically, this forklift was not equipped with a seat belt.

A well-maintained forklift is crucial to prevent accidents and you should be reminded about the importance of pre-use inspections.

 

Before Starting the Forklift

 

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What specifically are forklift operators to check for?  At the beginning of a shift, or just prior to use, a operator must perform 2 checks (a) visual check and (b) operational check. Regardless of how often the lifting equipment is used or how it is performing, the inspection still needs to be done. Forklifts must be kept safe and fit for every operator because it saves lives, prevents injury, and protects equipment and inventory from expensive damage. Employers should take steps to ensure that inspections are not overlooked and that operators are trained and competent to inspect the equipment. Here are seven key considerations for you to look out for when tackling to improve safety with pre-shift forklift inspections.

  1. Keep it simple –  Forklift operators need to know how to check the general working parts of the truck for signs of damage or wear.
  2. Check every time – If  anything has gone wrong from the previous day or shift, check all faults have been rectified.
  3. Understand the law –   If you do not carry out a pre-use inspection, you are breaking the law by failing your duty of care for yourself and to others.
  4. Be specific – a specific pre-shift sheet should be used for every type of truck and cover all the major parts that should be checked.
  5. Manage and supervise – It is vitally important that managers and supervisors understand pre-use checks themselves in order to assess whether the correct procedures are being followed.
  6. Provide training – Suitable training should be provided to ensure operators have these essential skills.
  7. Stay safe – Remember the basic skills and operate the forklift safely, even when doing a pre-use check.

Forklift pre-shift inspections only take a few minutes to ensure your safety, the safety of the people around you and the safety of your forklift.

 

Here Is What an Operator Should Look for Carrying Out Their Visual Daily (Circle) Checks:

 

 

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The first and most important rule to follow with forklifts is – get trained! Having a daily inspection checklist as part of your routine will create a safer workplace and will save you money. A forklift operator should run through the entirety of this checklist and log their data; this will reduce the guesswork of what the forklift is ready to do. It can also reduce expenses through avoidable repairs.

The best way to start your inspection is to approach it from top down, beginning with the overhead guard. Ge into the same routine as this will provide you with a sense of structure and familiarity. 

What should an operator inspect during the visual pre-use check?

  • General condition and cleanliness – should be free of lint, excess oil, and grease
  • Floor – clear of objects that could cause an accident.
  • Overhead – no obstructions—interfering with safe forklift usage.
  • Nearby objects to avoid as you drive away.
  • Fire extinguisher – present and charged.
  • Engine oil level, fuel level, radiator water level (LPG, gas and diesel forklifts) are good.
  • Battery – fully charged; no exposed wires; plug connections not loose, worn or dirty; vent caps not clogged; electrolyte levels in cells is adequate, and is secured in place by hold downs or brackets.
  • Bolts, nuts, guards, chains, or hydraulic hose reels are not damaged, missing or loose.
  • Wheels and tires – check for wear, damage, and air pressure, if pneumatic tires.
  • Forks – forks not bent; no cracks present; positioning latches in good working condition; carriage teeth not broken, chipped or worn.
  • Chain anchor pins – not worn, loose or bent.
  • Fluid leaks – no damp spots or drips.
  • Hoses – held securely; not loose, crimped, worn or rubbing.
  • Horn – working and loud enough to be heard in the working environment; other warning devices operational.
  • Seat belt and/or operator restraint device (if equipped) – belts and restraints work properly; no visible wear or damage; anchors, buckles, etc. function properly.
  • Overhead guard – no damaged areas.

Every forklift is different with different parts and therefore they need to be checked during a walk around inspection. The operator should refer to the Operation & Maintenance manual for diagrams and information on the particular forklift that is being inspected. Use your senses of sound, sight, smell and touch. Ask us about our pre-shift checklist. 

Here Is What an Operator Should Look for Carrying Out Their Visual Daily (Circle) Checks

 

What an Operator Needs to Check During the Pre-start Operational Check:

 

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When it comes to operating a forklift that can handle tons of loads, you need to prevent mechanical or operational failures by conducting a physical operational check . Maintaining a safe workplace is key to business success. After completing the pre-operation inspection, operators should conduct an operational inspection with the engine running. The forklift can be placed into service once it has passed all the operational checks.  The OHSA Reg: 1910.178(q)(7) states any problems with the inspection should be recorded on the appropriate documents and reported to a supervisor immediately. 

  • Foot Brake – pedal holds, unit stops smoothly.
  • Parking Brake – holds against slight acceleration.
  • Lift Mechanism – operates smoothly (check by raising forks to max height then lowering forks).
  • Tilt Mechanism – moves smoothly, holds (check by tilting mast all the way forward and backward).
  • Deadman Seat Brake – holds when operator rises from seat.
  • Clutch and Gearshift – shifts smoothly with no jumping or jerking.
  • Dash Control Panel – all lights and gauges are operational.
  • Steering – moves smoothly.
  • Cylinders and Hoses – not leaking after above checks.
  • Listen for any unusual sounds or noises.

Remember that the operational check must be carried out by a competent trained person . If the operator notes any of these conditions while driving, the operator must stop, park the vehicle and get assistance.

After Starting The Forklift 

 

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Once you have completed the initial check (Before Starting The Forklift) you’re not done just yet. It’s extremely important to practice safe driving, here are just a few rules to follow when operating your forklift.

  • Always look in all directions before proceeding. 
  • Always look in the direction of travel. If the load blocks your view, travel in reverse. Keep a clear view.
  • Maintain a safe distance, safe speed, and keep the truck in control at all times.
  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians
  • Do not pass other trucks in the same direction.
  • Absolutely no stunt driving or horseplay.
  • Beware of the environment conditions – slow down for wet and slippery floors.
  • Never carry passengers.
  • Keep arms and legs inside the confines of your vehicle.
  • Be especially careful on loading docks; stay away from the edge.

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How To Obtain a Forklift Licence in Ontario

Planning to become a licensed lift truck driver in Ontario? It’s just not as simple as taking the course, passing, and getting your forklift licence. Ongoing monitoring, forklift inspections, maintenance and reviewing your safety procedures is more important then just receiving your certificate. To help better understand how to obtain your forklift licence and the importance of training, we’ve put together this guide. Contact us to obtain your forklift licence today.

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Step-by-step guide on how to obtain a forklift licence in Ontario

The most important general duty of every employer is to “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker and assign specific responsibilities for equipment maintenance, training, and supervision. Rules and regulations must be followed in order to obtain a forklift licence in Ontario. Employers and their forklift drivers are governed by federal and provincial safety standards.

 

Step 1: The Research

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Whether you decide on a career as a forklift driver or you require it for your present job, the first step to getting your licence is doing your research. You need to gather and know all the proper information from finding the proper training center, learning the rules, taking and passing the course, and the ongoing workplace safety procedures.  You must remember that a forklift licence does not give you a job but deems you as a competent forklift driver. It also gives you proof that you have received the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) government standard training. Each workplace is unique; they all have different workplace equipment and safety procedures so getting the proper training is important.

 

Step 2: The Rules and Regulations

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Working as a forklift operator means undergoing training to become a certified competent operator before hopping on any forklift. Rules and regulations must be followed in order to obtain a forklift licence in Ontario. To help you understand the complete legal requirements for forklift operators, OSHA Regulation 851 provides a guideline of the legal requirements to make sure that you implement a safe workplace. These guidelines will help the operator to have knowledge, training, experience and to understand the how the forklift works and its performance requirements.

 

Step 3: Why Training is Important

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It would be impossible to tell you everything you need to know about forklift driving without explaining why training is necessary. To start with thousand of forklifts are used in the workplace; they are specifically designed to carry large loads in confined spaces. Their size is quite a bit different from most other vehicles along with their shape and weight distribution. Add a heavy load to this already unique design and you will have a vehicle that is quite challenging to operate safely. If the driver is not properly trained then Not only is he/she at risk of getting injured but also the pedestrians and visitors in the area the forklift occupies.

Forklift operators must have a basic operator training qualification, but many overlook the other stage of training that ensures their safety such as familiarizing themselves with the equipment and any attachments which they will be expected to use. Don’t take if for granted that every driver knows your working environment and hazards around your warehouse; These may need to be addresses, because in a split second it could be the difference between success and catastrophe. The provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision will reduce accidents like a recent incident involving a forklift operator unloading pallets. He reversed and bounced off the loading dock. He fell off the forklift and broke his ankle. It was revealed that the worker had gone through basic training, but had received no in-house training in the safe use of his truck in that particular workplace.

The proper forklift training from a expert trainer and your employer will reduce, or even prevent, accidents from happening on the job site. Also when efficient training is provided to the operators, they become more proficient as well as safer in performing their job. This will, in turn, help your business in improving its productivity.

 

Step 4: The Forklift

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There are many types of forklifts and you must determine what forklift category you need to be trained on. One forklift certificate does not cover all forklifts, below is a list of forklift categories and this link will give you the details of each class of forklift  to help you select the right equipment:

Forklift operators need to have a clear understanding of their forklift’s load capacity and the risks that are involved in exceeding it. Again, you must first decide what category of lift truck you drive or want to drive. This will determine what type of course you need to attend.

 

Step 5: Choosing the Trainer

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Choosing your forklift trainer is an important step to ensuring you get the proper training. Obviously you’ll want to choose an experienced qualified forklift trainer who is committed to quality, and is patient, enthusiastic, highly skilled, and values the lives of others. No matter what the nature of your business, if forklifts are used in your daily operation, you need adequate training for you or your staff; and the trainer must comply with the present legislation.

You may ask why hands-on training is better than online training? With the online training you cannot properly be evaluated because online instruction can only provide you with formal instructions with no practical experience on a forklift. Our expert practical trainer spends the additional time with trainees to get to know them better before they get aboard a forklift during the practical portion of training. Also when you are looking for career opportunities, trainees that have had formal and practical trusted training rather than an online course will have a better chance for the job. Interaction with a qualified instructor will give you the hands-on demonstrations you  need to properly learn how to operate a forklift and it is more likely questions will be asked that an online course simply cannot provide. On-line courses still require you to receive in-person evaluations and skill tests. Hands-on training also includes instruction on dealing with site specific risks that would be beyond the scope of an online course. Safety and saving lives should be your number one priority so choosing hands-on training is definitely the safer route to take.. 

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Our forklift trainer closely matches an athletic sports coach because our forklift trainer really is a coach in an industrial setting, imparting knowledge and encouraging our trainees to be the best they can be. Any forklift training class worth taking should be conducted on a pass/fail basis. You don’t want trainers going through a program where everyone passes regardless of competency. Contact us to get started with your forklift certification today!

 

Step 6: Training

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Your training should involve more than a trainer just showing a DVD. Training should include helping you to improve your knowledge about forklifts, identify hazards, understand forklift safety, operate equipment, educate you about OSHA regulations, and cover workplace-specific subjects and applicable law regulations.  In addition to these, the training instructor should provide an intensive course to address forklift maintenance and inspection that includes refueling, recharging, and basic troubleshooting. Training should ensure the safe operation of your forklift. Here are the fundamentals training should cover:

  • Course Introduction
  • Government Legislation
  • Worker, Supervisor and employee responsibilities
  • Various types of lift truck identification
  • Operator competency
  • Workplace hazards and explain fuel source hazards
  • Stability principles
  • How to conduct Pre-operational checks
  • Safe operating principles
  • Pedestrian awareness
  • Maintenance, inspection and records
  • Load limitations and lift capacity
  • Fuel Safety for electric and propane forklifts
  • Safe operating procedures

Now that you have down your research, read the rules and regulations, understood why training is important, decided which forklift classification you need, and chosen your trainer, you can begin to enroll in a forklift certificate course. Once you have enrolled, you will need to attend the classroom lectures, pass the written examination and  pass the hands-on forklift evaluation. Once these are completed you will be a certified competent forklift operator.  Remember that the certification expires every three years. You will need to take refresher training for its renewal. 

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Step 7: Employers Responsibility for Workplace Safety

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Your forklift training is never over; it is an ongoing process to keep you and your workplace safe. The last thing to mention is the employers responsibility. It is to ensure adequate workplace safety by developing and implementing rules and procedures to prevent injuries. Employers must appoint a competent person as a supervisor that know the hazards associated with: the type of lift truck being used, the loads being handled, and the environment in which the truck will be operated. Supervisors must be able to identify unsafe acts and conditions and implement corrective measures.

From the standpoint of the Ministry of Labour , employers are responsible for the following in terms of protecting their forklift operators and nearby employees/pedestrian traffic:

  • Establishing specific foot traffic policies
  • Awareness training for non-forklift operators
  • Adhering to forklift maintenance schedules
  • Appropriate device selection for their goods/business
  • Availability of competent trainers for new operators
  • Competent signalers and appropriate signage
  • A safe and easily-maneuverable facility design

There are many potential hazards that can happen even to a certified forklift operator if there are no  workplace safety procedures:a pedestrian can be struck by a forklift,a load can fall off a forklift or forklift can fall off a loading dock. These accidents can result in serious injury or a fatality.

It is your responsibility as a competent certified forklift operator to identify and report faulty equipment, damages, hazards and safety concerns to your Supervisor immediately. And it is the supervisor’s responsibility to make sure that these are addressed.

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Forklift training is important for both the operator and the employer because without the proper training, they can become immediate dangers to themselves and other employees working in the area. Let me remind you that it is required by law that all operators be properly trained. Forklifts are fairly large machines with several moving parts and considerable power and it is imperative that both the operator and the employer take every precaution to protect the workers and make the workplace safe.

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All you need to know guide for forklift training

In a factory or warehouse setting, there are many elements that go into operator forklift training. This “all you need to know” guide for forklift training will ensure that forklift operators, visitors, and all other workers are safe. Forklifts are considered powerful trucks; strict safety procedures and efficient training needs to be implemented. Since forklifts are powerful trucks they are governed by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act). Safety regulations have changed over the years so it should come as no surprise that employers often don’t understand what is required under this standard.OSHA law requires ALL employees that drive a forklift at any time to have passed certification training. Contact Us for ALL your forklift training today!

 

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Guide to Forklift Training

 

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All you need to know about forklift training is explained in several blogs we have written which is itemized below. They cover every aspect of training. Also are some simple questions that are overlooked frequently after the itemized blogs. We encourage you to take the time to read our previous blogs to understand the importance of training, rules and regulations, risks and hazards, employers’ fines, and most of all how to work towards a safe workplace. The bulleted lists in each section outline the topics covered or questions addressed in each blog.To help workers better understand the dangers of operating a forklift, we’ve put together this guide to help remind everyone whforklift safety training is so important.

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1. Forklift Licence: What To Ask When Calling To Find A Good Trainer

No matter what the nature of your business is, if forklifts are used in your daily operation, you need adequate training for your staff. It is the job of a good forklift trainer to make sure forklift operators are competent and knowledgeable enough. Below are are simple questions that are sometimes overlooked. Hopefully we can answer those questions in my blog for you today.

 

 

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  • Are you a qualified trainer?
  • What training classifications do you provide?
  • Do you have a flexible driving school schedule?
  • What will I learn in your class?
  • What is the duration of the course?
  • Do your offer replacement copies?
  • What do I require for class?
  • Do i receive updated notification?

 

2.  5 Reasons To Get Forklift Training

Untrained operators don’t fully understand how to operate equipment and they can overlook important safety precautions. Working safely should always be a top priority and in this blog we give you 5 reasons why it is important to get forklift training. If you are looking for expert forklift training, Contact the professionals at Wayco. 

 

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  1. Safety first
  2. Cost Savings
  3. It’s the Law
  4. Safe work Environment
  5. Reduce Risk of Accidents

 

3. Practical and Theory Aspects of Forklift Training

If you want to avoid serious accidents involving forklifts, it is important that you read this post. We discuss forklift driver practical and theory training aspects to increase your chances of enjoying a safe and accident free workplace. 

 

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4. The Importance of Lockout Tagout Training

You want to protect yourself right? Lockout tagout training ensures safety procedures by making sure your forklift remains completely, temporarily off. In this article we outline why lockout tagout training is important, what it is, what the Ontario regulations are, why you need training, and the basic steps for lockout tagout.  Contact us for your lockout tagout training, our expert trainer would be glad to help keep you safe at your workplace.

 

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  • What is Lockout Tagout Training?
  • What are the Ontario Regulations?
  • Why Is It Important?
  • Who Needs The Training?
  • What Industries Is It Most Relevant In?
  • How Can You Determine When A Machine Must Be Locked Out?
  • What Are The Basic Steps of Lockout Tagout?

 

5. 5 Elements of Forklift Safety

Due to improper training or sheer carelessness on the job, we offer a few forklift safety tips that will help you and those you work with stay safe. Improve your forklift safety, have the ability to work around it, be natural, seamless, and safe. Safety begins with you!

 

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  • Train for Safety
  • Perform Checkups
  • Know the Machinery and the Rules
  • Understand the Stability Triangle
  • Know about the Load Basics

 

6. Steps to Becoming Forklift License Certified

Choosing your forklift instructor is the first step to getting your forklift licence. Obviously you’ll want to choose an experienced forklift trainer who is committed to quality, is patient, enthusiastic, highly skilled, and values the lives of others.

 

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  • Self Assessment
  • Enrolling for a Forklift License Certification Course
  • Attending the Classroom Lecture
  • Passing the Written Forklift License Examination
  • Actual or Hand-on Forklift Operation
  • Evaluation

 

7. How to Lessen Common Forklift Hazards

The dangers associated with the use of forklift trucks in the workplace are often underestimated. Forklifts are among some of the most hazardous vehicle types in the workplace. They are frequently found in warehouses, workshops and factories. Find out which are the most common hazards, so you can learn to avoid them.

 

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  • Do a Daily Inspection
  • Train Your Workers on Foot
  • Carry Your Load Safely
  • Avoid Distraction While in Transit
  • Beware of Indoor Hazards
  • Be clear about Safety

 

8. Forklift License – Common Questions About Obtaining One

Here are some top questions to ask BEFORE you take a forklift license training course. Get all of the answers that you need about forklift training and the related certification and licensing.  If you would like to start your training now, get in touch with the forklift training experts at Wayco.

 

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  • What do I need to ask when inquiring about forklift training?
  • What should be covered in the forklift training course?
  • Why do I need training to operate a forklift?
  • Do I need a valid car drivers license to become a forklift driver?
  • How long does it take to get certified to drive a forklift? 
  • Do forklift certifications expire?
  • How do you know which certification is right for you?
  • How Do You Begin The Process of Certification?
  • What is the difference between a license and certificate?
  • Is my forklift certificate valid anywhere? 
  • Where can I get additional information about forklift laws?
  • I have lost my license, can I get another?
  • Do you offer job assistance? 
  • How can I register for the course?

 

9. How to Reduce Forklift Accidents

Be Safe and Save Lives! To reduce forklift accidents, here are four common ways to avoid and prevent them from happening.  These key issues must be addressed and every employee must be aware of risk factors at all times when operating a forklift. Safety begins with preparation.

 

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  • Get Proper Training
  • Promote Pedestrian and Worker Awareness
  • Address Driving Issues 
  • Prevent Loading Problems

 

10. Forklift Licence

Need a forklift licence? I am sure you have many questions, so read our blog and put your mind at ease. We will steer you in the right direction for your training certification & forklift career. It is very important that a forklift operator knows what they are doing because forklifts can cause accidents and serious injuries in the workplace.

 

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  • What you need to know before you go for your forklift licence?
  • Do I need a car licence to drive a forklift?
  • What type of course should I take?
  • Why do you need a forklift license?
  • Where can you get a forklift licence?
  • What do you need to do, to get a forklift license?
  • What should you look for in a forklift licensing company?
  • What is the difference between a forklift licence and forklift certificate?
  • Why do you need forklift training and not just a forklift licence?
  • What kind of job can you get with a forklift licence?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Who can train, evaluate and certify forklift operators?

 

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OSHA requires in 1910.178(l)(2)(iii) that the trainers have the “knowledge, training and experience” to train operators and evaluate their competence. Trainers do not have to operate a forklift on a regular basis, but they must have experience operating the specific type of equipment being trained on (including attachments). You can ask the trainer for proof of their certificate and that they have been properly trained to train. Being certified ensures they are familiar with the regulations that apply to the work; and have knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in a workplace. 

 

2. Is there a legal age to operate a forklift?

 

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The ministry of labour safety regulations R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851, s. 4 has a minimum age for workers. A person working in industrial establishments must be sixteen years of age for construction sites or logging; fifteen years of age in a factory or restaurant kitchen; and  fourteen years of age in other industrial work places. Therefore the legal age to operate a forklift with the proper operator certificate would follow these regulations as well.

 

3. What forms of payment do you accept?

We currently accept master card, visa, cash, money order or e-transfers. Only existing customers can pay by cheque. Payment must be paid prior to the start of the class. 

 

4. What is a safe zone or skill zone?

 

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A forklift safe zone or skill zone is based on 2 times your lifting height. So if you are lifting 10′ high the safe zone is 20′.  Safe Zone will keep your employees safer, both on and off of the forklift. As the lift truck operator, you are in control of the lift. You must be satisfied that all conditions are acceptable and hazard controls have been put in place. Competent operators take responsibility for their safety around them and completely aware every time they perform a lift.

 

5. What Will I Need For You To Be Able To Train At My Premises?

 

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Literally our trainer is On-the-Go and comes to your location, making us unique in this regard!  Once onsite our trainer will do the classroom presentation and discussion, a site hazard review, and required hands-on testing and evaluation of your operators on your specific equipment in your place setting.

All you need to get ready is:

  • a safe reliable truck for the duration of the course
  • a safe testing area 
  • pallets and racking for testing
  • 2 – 3 realistic loads
  • an office or room to carry out the theory element of the course
  • And of course, your safety shoes!

 

6. What is a recommended speed for forklifts operating within a manufacturing facility and warehouse?

 

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There are no specific speed limits set for the safe operation of a powered industrial truck, however your facility may have signs posted and speed limits should be followed.  What is a safe speed? There are a variety of factors to consider such as the load being carried, adequate stopping distances, operating surface conditions, pedestrian traffic and other safety issues. Most of all forklift operators should practice safe travel speeds at their workplace at all times.  

For additional assistance in determining safe travel speeds, an employer could look to consensus standards such as ASME B56.1-2000 Safety Standard For Low Lift and High Lift Trucks. For example, paragraph 4.3.2 of ASME B56.1 contains a Stopping Distance formula which may be useful in determining approximate theoretical stopping distances where certain variables are known. This information, along with other factors, can then be used to calculate a maximum safe speed.

Formula to calculate theoretical stopping distance: S = 0.394^2 / D-G where

  • D = draw bar drag, as a percentage;
  • G = percentage grade (e.g., 5 for 5%);
  • S = stopping distance in meters; and
  • V = velocity in km/h.

You will need to make sure these speed limits are followed, once you have determined how fast your operators should be traveling. In an ideal world you should ensure your operators are following your speed policy, but we don’t live in an ideal world, so additional measures are often needed. 

 

7. Do we need to train our operators on each make and model of forklift?

 

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Forklift Operator training certificates are trained by “type” of forklift, meaning classifications. You may have several trucks that fall under the same classification which allows you to use the same operator training certificate. Please review the 9 classifications and codes to confirm what certification is right for you.

  1. electric motor rider trucks
  2. electric motor narrow aisle truck
  3. electric motor hand trucks
  4. internal combustion engine cushion tire only
  5. internal combustion engine pneumatic tire only
  6. electric and internal combustion tow tractor
  7. rough terrain lift trucks
  8. personnel and burden carriers

Always keep in mind that even if the forklifts are the same type, the operator will need instruction on any topics, such as the truck’s controls, capacity rating, that are different.

 

8. How long is an employer required to keep forklift daily inspection sheets?

 

 

If you have forklifts in your facility, you know that OSHA 1910.178(q)(7) requires them to be inspected daily before use. But what does OSHA really require?  OSHA does not require that the daily forklift inspections be documented. So it is up to the employer’s discretion to determine the duration of powered industrial truck daily inspection sheet records. 

It is a good idea for two reasons to keep your records on file:

  • It ensures that all essential features of the vehicle are inspected routinely, and
  • It provides evidence to an OSHA inspector that the vehicles are being inspected as required.

A very high percentage of forklift users are not aware that they are violating an OSHA mandate if they fail to perform these inspections. Without the documentation the inspector will listen to the unsolicited information verifying verbally that a forklift examination occurred prior to its operation. If they get this verbal confirmation, that will be accepted as proper verification, if they don’t find any defects during the inspection.  Also another note to keep in mind if you do keep written record is do not miss a day because a written cited for gaps in the printed documentation is kept on file. The most important thing is the safety of the workers, and by performing these daily inspection it allows you to find defects and prevent accidents. Here Is What an Operator Should Look for Carrying Out Their Visual Daily (Circle) Checks.

 

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So there you have it – everything you need to know about forklift training. At Wayco we strongly encourage drivers to undergo forklift training and refresher training on a periodic basis. It is important to have the knowledge and skills of driving a forklift safely and correctly to help prevent accidents and save lives.Contact us to begin your training today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Prevent Forklift Accidents

In a warehouse, factory, or any facility that operates a forklift, accidents can occur and they are costly. They can even be deadly and below are 5 ways to prevent forklift accidents. Are there employers who are getting away with too many injuries and deaths on the job? According to CBC.ca,  One worker dies on the job, on average, nearly every day in Canada.” The average fine imposed on employers after a workplace fatality is $97,000 dollars. Contact our expert trainer today for advice of how to prevent forklift accidents, because it should be the goal of every warehouse to promote a healthy and safe work environment.

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5 Ways to Prevent Forklift Accidents

Many work-related factors cause accidents involving forklift trucks, such as lack of training, improper workplace design, poor maintenance of equipment, poorly stacked loads, and incorrect loading and unloading procedures. These are some of the man factors for forklift accidents.

To get started, here are five ways to prevent a forklift accident that every warehouse should follow:

1. Keep up on the training

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It is important that companies provide forklift training to all employees. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) collects more than $2 million each year from citations issued to organizations that fail to maintain their forklifts or provide adequate training to their employees. In our blog5 element of forklift safety  OSHA states that 96,785 injuries (non-serious, serious, and fatal) are caused every year due to improper training. Take the time to educate your employees; consistent reinforcement makes a safer workplace environment.

A starting point is to implement structured training for all employees including operators, pedestrians, management and even visitors. In addition a once-a-year refresher training course can keep everyone on the same page and compliant with the present OSHA CFR 1910.178 regulations.

2. Keep your warehouse clean and organized

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A disorganized and dirty warehouse, will be more prone to accidents. A Warehouse needs to have aisles that are clear of obstructions, and safe to move people,inventory,and heavy equipment around inside. There are several obstructions that can cause serious injuries. Obstructions can be as simple as plastic packing wrap lying around to a poor workplace design that has tight. If your corners are too tight, the forklift could hit the racking and it may collapse. You may need to revise your cleaning plan. Pay attention to the areas of greatest clutter and devise a daily or weekly cleaning plan to remove things that are lying around that could cause a forklift accident. Employees tend to work better and safer in a clean work area. Try to get them involved in identifying potential hazards. You may need to install more garbage cans, keep you work areas better lit or make sure that the floor is kept clean. People who work in a disorganized facility where things just feel sloppy won’t work as well. 

If you don’t create and enforce clean facility rules,accidents will happen. In our bloghow to lessen common forklift hazards, we talk about other indoor hazards and provide you with safety advice that will also help employees to be aware of best practices in a workplace.

3. Enhance safety mechanisms

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Anyone who runs a warehouse or industrial facility should understand the dangers of working in such a facility and should take measures to ensure the safety of their employees. When forklifts compete for space with inventory and pedestrians, accidents are more likely to occur. However, there are ways to minimize such accidents for both pedestrians and forklift operators :

  • post proper signs reminding employees of safety procedures
  • install blue safety lights on front of forklift
  • install mirrors at aisle corners to improve visibility
  • equip your forklift with safety devices such as a horn, back up alarm, seat belt, fire extinguisher

Visibility and communication are the key factors to reduce forklift accidents. Check out our video about Blue Warranty Forklift Light to help make your workplace safe.

Employers are responsible for a safe work environment and a safe system of work. Establish and improve your visual communication to reduce injury or even death.

4. Keep your Forklift Well-maintained

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It’s important to remember to inspect your forklift daily before it is used. This is a good way to identify potential problems early. All too often companies make the mistake of utilizing forklifts for longer times than they should. One of the most convenient ways to properly maintain your machines is to implement a forklift preventative maintenance program that includes a regular schedule of service and inspections. Regularly monitoring your equipment is a key part of ensuring safety in the workplace. This will help you keep your forklift in good working order. Inspect the tires, lights, signals, safety accessories and other critical parts of the forklift on a routine basis, as recommended by the manufacturer. If at any time your equipment check inspection fails, find out what to do by reading our blog on The importance of lockout tagout training . The information provided there will help reduce any further serious accidents or deaths. A well-maintained machine can provide you with years of reliable and safe service.

5. Maintain loading and unloading procedures

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In many businesses, truck loading and unloading is a daily activity. It is also a regular source of injuries to drivers, workers and visitors. Loading and unloading accidents can happen from overweight, unsecure loads, unsafe equipment, poor racking, or falling objects.You can see examples of these in the videos included in our blog  Top 5 Forklift Accidents. The most common accident that occurs is a worker crushed by a forklift that has overturned or fallen from a loading dock. This type of accident represents about 25% of all forklift-related deaths.

Workers loading and unloading materials should be instructed in safe procedures appropriate to the material they handle. OSHA standard load and unload questions and answers will help you improve your procedures. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that proper training and safe loading and unloading procedures are in place and enforced.

Do not allow workers on foot in trailers while a forklift is involved in loading and unloading operations. Material and equipment can shift or break free during any location transfer. It’s important to remember how heavy a forklift is, it can seriously hurt people.

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Having these appropriate safety measures in place is critical to prevent injuries and reduce the risk of fatalities. If companies implement more stringent training policies such as proper training, safe warehouse design, equipment maintenance, and safety processes it would help to reduce the potential for serious injuries as well as protection of buildings, lift drivers, equipment, and inventory. Want more information? We’d be happy to discuss any of these methods with you.

 

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Buying Used Forklifts: All You Need to Know

If you are looking to buy used forklifts, we’ve got you covered! There is more to purchasing a forklift than just simply picking a model, inspecting it, and handing over some cash. It can be overwhelming but there is certainly more to it than that, however we are here to guide you through your purchase. We will give you some basic advice and tips by breaking down each step of the process to make it simple, time efficient, and risk free. If you’re not sure about the specifications, have a detailed chat with our certified salesperson so that everything becomes crystal clear.

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Buying a Used Forklift: All You Need to Know

Hundreds of used forklifts are on the market today, but many of them have certainly seen better days. How can you tell which is the hidden gem? When purchasing a used forklift, give the equipment a thorough inspection, test drive it, and look at the maintenance records. Manage your expectations during your purchase phase, it is vital to have the right state of mind. When purchasing a used forklift, there many questions that come to mind that you must answer first.

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Buying Tip 1 – Questions to Consider Before Seeing the Dealer

1. How high do you need to lift? You must consider the highest racking or package to determine your maximum lifting height required.

2. What do you plan to lift? You need to consider the dimension of your inventory. The length, width, and height will determine exactly how much weight is distributed and what capacity of forklift is required. Also always think of the future; do you foresee heavier loads?

3. What type of inventory are you handling? If you are in the food industry you will require an electric forklift which doesn’t give off contaminating emissions. Flammable materials require a specific forklift built to ensure safety in hazardous conditions. The counterbalance forklift is the most common and lends itself to straightforward operation.

4. Will the forklift be used indoor or outdoor or both? Different terrains ( concrete, gravel, dirt, pavement) call for particular forklifts with certain tire types and sizes too. Diesel forklifts are used for outdoors, propane forklifts are used either indoor or outdoor, and electric forklifts are used for indoor, however they are now available for some outdoor use.

5. Any Size Restrictions? Make sure you have a complete understanding of the space over, under, and around your forklift. Consider doorways and overhead beams when loading your product. This will determine your lowered height of a machine – the height of the forklift when the forks are on the ground. If you need to load inside a trailer or van, will your product stack inside?

6. How much space will the truck have to maneuver? You will want a forklift with a tight turn radius if the aisles in your warehouse are narrow or tightly packed. You will want a forklift tailored to the job to stack product effectively in tight spaces.

7. How often are you using the truck? There is a rule of thumb when it comes to forklift usage . More than four hours a day is considered a lot for a forklift. It puts a lot of wear and tear on the forklift along with decreasing its lifespan. At this point you may consider purchasing a new forklift. 

Buying a forklift is not an easy decision, but with this information and after determining the overall condition of the forklift, you will be ready to negotiate with the owner on the final price.

 

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Buying Tip 2 – Questions to Ask When at the Dealers

1. What are the maintenance costs? Maintenance costs can often be the determining factor as to whether or not to purchase the equipment. Find out the history of the service breakdown, when service was done and how often. Find out how available the spare parts  are and the cost of them as this will factor into your maintenance total. You certainly don’t want to buy the forklift if maintenance costs are too high. Make sure you carefully evaluate the equipment first.

2. How long has it been in operation? In your visual inspection you  should check the hour meter reading; it’s important to know how long the vehicle has been in use. Fork lift experts estimate that one hour of truck use is the equivalent to driving a car 30 miles. By this reasoning, a truck that has done over 3,000 hours is nearing the car equivalent of 100,000 miles. Also, it is advisable to check the stated hours against the service history; like cars the meters can be tampered with.

3Does it come with a warranty? Having a good warranty is crucial when buying used forklifts. Find out what kind of warranty is left on the equipment and what it covers. You should never buy it if they won’t warranty it. Used forklifts still may have a manufacturer’s warranty; ensure the warranty can be transferred.

4. Does the forklift come with any additional attachments? Ask if attachments are included or available for the forklift. In many cases a forklift will come with separate attachments such as drum, carpet poles, booms, dumpers etc. Remember that an attachment can down rate your capacity, recheck the capacity plate for the down rate maximum weight.

5. If buying an electric truck, make sure there’s life left in the battery Batteries are worth more than 40% of the forklift total value. Forklift batteries are expensive, so it’s really important that there’s lots of life left in the battery. A rule of thumb to calculate the life of a battery is the average forklift battery will last 1,200 charges and each charge will provide approximately 5 hours of run time. Divide the hour meter reading by 5 and this will give you a rough idea of the battery life remaining.

6. Find out if your dealer will inspect your site for you – A reputable dealer will offer to inspect your site and application to ensure that the truck they provide is appropriate to your needs. You should conduct the following tests

• conduct a visual inspection
• take if for a test drive
• confirm the safety inspection is up-to-date
• check the hour meter reading
• check the capacity plate for the rating

If the prospective forklift truck passes the above tests, your search for a good used forklift may be over. However, the questions should not stop there.

Buying Tip 3: What to Avoid When Buying Used Forklifts:

 

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  • Avoid discontinued models, these used forklifts may be less expensive up front, but finding parts may be a challenge
  • Avoid buying directly from the owner unless the seller is in your area and you can inspect the vehicle in person.
  • Avoid buying from online lists. These are usually taken at random, without inspecting the vehicle or verifying the source first.
  • Avoid buying from a company who is not established and does not have a long reputation.
  • Avoid “as-is” forklifts as they don’t come with any assurances about their soundness. In short, you can’t hold the seller accountable when you learn about a major defect after buying a forklift that was sold “as is”. Buying “certified used forklifts” from a dealer is a better option as they will look over all the systems to make sure the equipment you’re buying is safe and problem-free.
  • Avoid older equipment because keep in mind that older models will have higher mileage/hours and will have been put through some rigorous work over the years. You will pay less for older vehicles, but buyer beware, it will probably not last very long.

Buying Tip 4: How to have it Inspected

Visual inspections are very helpful in identifying potential underlying issues. This visual guide will help you establish the condition of the used forklift. Be thorough and take your time. Ensure all the details provided match the forklift you are inspecting.

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Inspection. When you find the forklift that interests you, it is time for a hands-on examination. The physical inspection is your final chance to evaluate the used forklift you intend to purchase; you need to ensure that all parts, attachments and features are functioning up to a standard that suits your needs.

It is recommended that a mechanic is present to provide a clear evaluation of the forklift.

  • MAST – Start by checking your mast, be sure you know what to inspect. The mast condition is vital and if damaged it creates many issues. Check the mast operation with a load and without a load to confirm the forklift full rated load. Look for lack of binding and smooth operation. Tilt your mast forward and back to see if there is any excessive play, as well as excessive side carriage play. Look for any signs of damage or leaks on the cylinders,and the pins; make sure the tilt and shift cylinders are secure.  Ensure that the chains have equal tension between them and that the hoses are in good condition too. If the forklift has an attachment make sure you put it through its paces to see it do the job it was designed for.
  • FORKS –  We recommend that you take a careful look at the forks. Check the forks for any cracks, bends or other types of distortion possibly caused by overloading. As you inspect the forks, check for any welds or cracks because the thickness of heel forks should closely match the thickness of the upright fork shank . You’ll want to have them measured, to be certain you won’t have to replace them.
  • ENGINE – Open the hood and start the engine. It should start easily and idle smoothly (it will be more noisy than a car). Look above and below the engine and inspect for leaks, dirt, cracks or any other signs of damage. Check that the air filter is clean and rev engine hard in neutral. Check the tailpipe once warm for blue or black smoke. Exhaust should be minimal if LPG (propane), and free from excessive odour.

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  • TIRES – Check the condition of the tires; they should be evenly worn, free from major tears, flat spots, chunking or damage. Generally the cushion tires are beyond their useful working life when thirty to thirty-five per cent of the rubber is worn. With pneumatic tires, one must look at the tread wear; once the tread has gone you have reached the point where traction and stability are significantly compromised. With pneumatic tires you should check for balding, cuts, inflation and simple wear.
  • OVERHEAD GUARD AND FRAME – Look for any damage or evidence of repairs to the frame; if there has been then the safety and structural reliability of the forklift has been compromised. Check the main supports thoroughly for any bends, cuts, alterations or damage that could affect the overhead guard or the frame’s ability to protect an operator in the event of a dropped load or rollover.
  • BATTERY – If you are interested in an electric truck, you need to check the condition of the battery. Check that all battery connections are in good shape. Green and white crystals at the poles might indicate sulphation and convex cells might be suggestive of advanced age. Both can lead to the failure of the battery. Ask the seller, if the battery has warranty and if it was refurbished. 
 

 

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Buying Tip 5: Brands

Brands are usually always personal preferences, but do some research because there are a few things you do want to keep in mind. Choosing a brand you need to consider are the parts available to get in reasonable time, are the parts and repairs affordable.I believe certain major brands should be easy for you to learn more about them. A lot of information and reviews are readily accessible. Reviews are a very valuable resource. You will also want to know how long the brand has been around for and how long have they been producing. Big name brands aren’t your only option when shopping for forklifts. There are also smaller manufacturers that are known for released top-quality products. You’ll want to research your options so that you can find the best options available to you. It all depends on capacity of the forklift and exactly what environment you will be using your forklift in will determine what brand will be suitable for you.

My suggestion when buying used forklifts would be it is important to go to a dealer that sells all or multiple of the brands for you to test  as well as having the option for new forklifts and long term rental options. Going there with a budget in mind, it may end up more feasible to weigh out all your options. There are tons of great brands on the market and of course, every business is different, and therefore have different needs.

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Now you should be ready to contact us to purchase a used forklift. Picking up the right forklift will ensure that every cent spent counts, so have a realistic budget in mind. Buying a forklift is an important business investment and there are no shortcuts to take and no corners to cut. 

We hope this guide was helpful to you. Remember to check out our used forklifts.  We can also provide you with training, service programs, parts and rentals. Don’t forget we are just a phone call or email away.

Our dedicated sales experts will help you find the perfect used forklift for your needs and application. We can also provide you with planned maintenance agreements, safety inspections, forklift parts and operator training


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The Importance of Lockout Tagout Training

Lockout tagout training is a way to protect yourself and others by ensuring that your forklift remains completely, temporarily off. In this article we will outline why lockout tagout training is important, what it is, what the Ontario regulations are, why you need training, and basic steps for lockout tagout. Lockout and tagout is more than putting a lock on a switch; it consists of a comprehensive step-by-step processes that involves communication, coordination, and training. Contact us for lockout tagout training.

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The Importance of Lockout Tagout Training

Forklifts undoubtedly break down and need service. Shutting them off is just not enough when repairs are required, because someone can just come along and hop on the truck, totally unaware of any issue. They may start the truck, begin driving and a major accident happens. Many serious accidents have happened when someone thought a machine was safely shut off.

According to OSHA(Occupational Safety and Health Act), following proper Lockout Tagout procedures prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. It consistently ranks among the top of workplace violations. Many serious accidents have occurred because someone thought a machine was safely shut off and it wasn’t. Lockout tagout will protect you and others from injuries and fatalities. It’s very important to create change in a workplace. Organizations need to have long-term vision for plant safety and generate awareness for employers, supervisors and employees regarding hazardous energy control.  A positive attitude can prevent injuries, and a loss in production time can be minimized while profitability can be increased. One way to keep workers safe is through a dedication to Lockout Tagout.

Today many manufacturers are very focused on cutting costs and improving production efficiency; however there’s no need to sacrifice employee safety. Not being compliant with the safety rules will have big consequences – fines, penalties, plant shutdowns and fatalities. Simply LOTO (lockout tagout) is a safety practice that protects employees and visitors. Follow the six steps to ensure your safety:

  • Prepare
  • Control the energy source
  • Isolate the equipment
  • Attach LOTO devices
  • Control stored energy
  • Verify that there is zero energy left

Note: ONLY the authorized individual who placed the lock and tag onto the system is the one who is permitted to remove them. This procedure helps make sure the system cannot be started up without the authorized individual’s knowledge.

What is Lockout Tagout Training?

 

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Lockout tagout (LOTO) or lock and tag is a safety procedure which is used in industry to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to be started up again before work is started on the equipment in question. Lockout is a lock and key device which physically locks the forklift in a safe mode and tagout is a tag placed on the lock to identify the worker who placed it and may not be operated until the tagout device is removed.The worker then holds the key for the lock ensuring that only he or she can remove the lock and start the machine. In most cases, these devices will have loops or tabs which can be locked to a stationary item in a safe position. This minimizes workplace confusion; essentially, the equipment or forklift won’t operate, and everyone is kept informed as to why.

Tagout is used when lockout is required. A tag affixed to the locked device cautions that it should not be turned on.This labeling process is used to include the following information:


1.Why the lockout/tag out is required (repair, maintenance, etc.)
2.Time of application of the lock/tag
3.The name of the authorized person who attached the tag and lock to the system.

Lockout devices hold energy-isolation devices in a safe or “off” position; it’s a warning device. It provides protection by preventing machines or equipment from becoming energized that no one can remove it without a key. This prevents accidental startup of a machine while it is in a hazardous state or while a worker is in direct contact with it.

Note: ONLY the authorized individual who placed the lock and tag onto the system is the one who is permitted to remove it. This procedure helps make sure the system cannot be started up without the authorized individual’s knowledge.

What are the Ontario regulations?

 

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Lockout is defined in the Canadian standard lockout method CSA Z460-13 There is states that “Control of Hazardous Energy – deliberate or unintended release of hazardous energy carries the very real risk of serious injuries or even fatality. A business must be able to demonstrate due diligence toward prevention of electrical injuries to implement safety practices when employees work on or near hazardous energy. Lockout is recognized as the primary method, while there are several effective methods for controlling hazardous energy associated with potentially harmful equipment, machines and processes.”  This standard outlines the responsibility and minimum requirements to protect individuals from injury from the inadvertent release of hazardous energy when working with equipment and machines

CSA Z460-13, Control of hazardous energy, says that only authorized, or qualified, personnel should do energy isolation and lockout. “Authorized” persons are distinguished from “affected” persons who are those not directly involved in the work requiring energy control but who may be in the area. Employers should have written procedures specific to each machine that needs to be maintained or repaired. Procedures will identify the machine, the types of energy sources on the machine and the number and types of equipment needed to perform the lockout.

The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147) for general industry, outlines specific actions and procedures for addressing and controlling hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. Regulations require employers to put safety procedures in place to protect workers by totally isolating machinery from the energy sources that drive them.

Why is it Important?

 

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People are the most valuable asset you have in your company. It is important to realize that accidents can easily occur in industrial work settings if things are not properly handled and contained, and this is mostly attributed to the materials and processes that industrial plants have to deal with on a daily basis. While manufacturers today are very focused on cutting costs and improving production efficiency, there’s no need to sacrifice employee safety. The consequences of not being in compliance with safety regulations are drastic – potential fines for violating the regulations can be severe. The minimum fine is $5,000 to $70,000 if no deaths occur. Criminal charges and a fine of $250,000 to $500,000 will be issued for loss of life situations.

Preparation and practice are keys to ensuring that machines are locked out, or tagged without a hitch. Every team member should keep on their toes and remain sharp; this preparation will reduce the chances of an accident. Similar to the way in which training helps you stay prepared, it also allows you to properly test all your equipment and ensure that they are being properly maintained. If the equipment within your industrial setting is not being properly maintained, there is always the possibility that a lockout tagout procedure will not necessarily contain and isolate any hazardous energy. A lockout tagout procedure is like an “emergency and safety plan”. Essentially, industries have to understand the differences between an authorized employee and an affected employee, and then work this into their standing safety plans. The following video further highlights the importance of lockout tagout procedure.

 

 

Lockout tagout standard saves about 122 lives and prevents 28,000 lost workday injuries each year, therefore it’s likely that well over 800 lives have been saved since the standard went into effect. That’s more than 800 people who still come home to their families friends and loved ones. Unfortunate tragedies do still occur, but many of them could be prevented if the lockout standard is applied correctly.

Who needs the training?

 

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Training is an important part of industrial safety protocol, and it is one of the keys to ensuring that industrial spaces remain safe, secure, and efficient when handling their day to day activities. To ensure operators understand the importance of lock out and energy isolation procedures, you should involve workers in the process. They can see the dangers and risks involved, and understand why they have to follow the procedures. All authorized employees, affected employees who service or maintain equipment should be trained to protect them from serious injury and death caused for hazardous energy. Additionally temporary personnel as well as outside service and contractor personnel must also be trained in hazardous energy control. The OSHA standard concerning lockout tagout reads, OSHA considers these training requirements to be of critical importance in helping to ensure that the applicable provisions of the hazardous energy control procedures are known, understood,and strictly adhered to by employees. Employers are required to certify that effective training and retraining has been provided to all employees covered by the standard. The certification must contain each employee’s name and dates of training.

Each party in the workplace has a responsibility in the lockout program. In general:

Management is responsible for:

  • Drafting, periodically reviewing, and updating the written program.
  • Identifying the employees, machines, equipment, and processes included in the program.
  • Providing the necessary protective equipment, hardware and appliances.
  • Monitoring and measuring conformance with the program.

Supervisors are responsible for:

  • Distributing protective equipment, hardware, and any appliance; and ensuring its proper use by employees.
  • Ensuring that equipment-specific procedures are established for the machines, equipment and processes in their area.
  • Ensuring that only properly trained employees perform service or maintenance that require lockout.
  • Ensuring that employees under their supervision follow the established lockout procedures where required.

Employees are responsible for:

  • Assisting in the development of equipment-specific procedures.
  • Following the procedures that have been developed.
  • Reporting any problems associated with those procedures, the equipment, or the process of locking and tagging out.

We recommend that you should renew your training every 3 years. Proper and effective training can be the difference between a safe work setting and a hazardous one. Lockout Tagout protocols make it easier to implement safety measures, but these protocols are only as strong as the teams that carry them out, and this is where proper lock tagout training comes into play. It is often the case that people neglect to follow these guidelines, and in the absence of an effective training program, it may go unnoticed.

What industries is it most relevant in?

 

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Any industry or business that uses some kind of machinery or equipment requires lockout tagout procedures. Unexpected energization or startup of machines and equipment, or release of stored energy can cause injury. Any moving parts like presses, blades and propellers are a source of energy. Electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic are hazardous energy that can harm workers. Lockout tagout does not apply to all scenarios, but equipment that can be affected by stored energy include maintenance equipment, hoists, automotive lifts, material handling equipment, and other machinery.  Below is a few examples of some industries that are most often use lockout tagout training and procedures.

  1. Manufacturing –  Machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing process for companies such as Pepsi, Coke, and Intel are often powerful and dangerous.
  2. Government –  Areas of concern include boiler rooms, kitchens, loading docks, and rooftops; basically, any areas of the building where equipment that might have “stored energy” is found.
  3. Equipment Repair and Service – Modern machinery can store many different kinds of energy. These include electricity, hydraulic, gas, thermal, gravity, pneumatic, steam and kinetic.
  4. Wholesale & Distribution –  Because of the automation revolution, massive conveyor belt systems move products from place to place with little or no human interaction in companies such as Amazon and  Fedex.
  5. Mining – There are many energy sources in the mining industry including electricity, machinery, pressure lines and vessels, sliding/falling material and other miscellaneous sources.
  6. Utilities –  Energy generating requirements include both external power and energy to operate the plant itself such as wind turbines.
  7. Waste Management – This industry uses large trucks with powerful components such as the garbage truck and conveyor belts.
  8. Rail Transport – Trains have a lot of moving parts  such as the brake system and require loading processes which involve equipment and machinery.

How Can You Determine When a Machine Must Be Locked Out?

However, it is sometimes difficult to determine when a machine must be locked out and when servicing can be safely accomplished without lockout. The rule that OSHA states is that:

  • An employee places part of their body in harm’s way.
  • An employee performs any major servicing or maintenance work.

What are the basic steps of lockout tagout?

Think, Plan, and Check.

• If you are in charge, think through the entire procedure.
• Identify all parts of any systems that need to be shut down.
• Determine what switches, equipment and people will be involved.
• Carefully plan how restarting will take place. Communicate.
• Notify all those who need to know that a lockout tagout procedure …

Some basic steps are common to all lockout tagout procedures, though you will need to get more specific for your individual situation. An effective lockout tagout program should include the following 9 steps listed below.

 

 

Lockout/Tagout Safety

 

Wayco is located in Kitchener, Ontario and services customers from cities such as  Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Milton, Kitchener, Cambridge, London, Guelph and many other local cities. Lockout is an essential safety procedure that prevents equipment, machines and processes from harming workers. Contact us today for qualified training in your workplace or onsite at WAYCO’s training facility!

 

 


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