Forklifts are an essential part of many warehouses, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. In fact, forklift accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in warehouses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 35,000 forklift-related injuries in the United States annually, and over 800 of those injuries were fatal. There are many steps warehouse managers can take to reduce the risk of accidents and save money on medical expenses and loss of productivity.

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Here are six things warehouse managers can do to reduce the risk of forklift accidents:

  1. Provide comprehensive operator training: Ensure safe forklift operations by including topics such as forklift safety rules, proper forklift lifting techniques, and how to find hazards in the warehouse.

  2. Mandate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) usage: Equipment like hard hats, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots can help protect forklift operators from injuries in an accident.

  3. Implement regular forklift inspections: Promptly repair any damage or signs of wear and tear to prevent further damage.

  4. Maintain a hazard-free environment: Eliminate potential risks like uneven surfaces, congested aisles, and obstructed pathways within the warehouse.

  5. Enforce strict adherence to safety rules: Uphold regulations such as seatbelt usage, no texting while driving, and zero tolerance for substance abuse.

  6. Leverage advanced technologies: Embrace innovative solutions like VIA’s AI-powered forklift safety system, which detects pedestrians and monitors driver behavior effectively.

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Reducing forklift accidents not only safeguards workers and saves money, but also prevents serious injuries such as fractures and head trauma. VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety System (FSS) offers a robust solution, ensuring pedestrian detection and driver safety. Additionally, VIA WorkX Connect provides comprehensive insights into vehicle utilization and driver behavior via a unified dashboard.

If you are interested in learning more about the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety System, book a free consultation now.