Pallet Jack Safety

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Pallet Jack Safety

Pallet Jack Safety

The fact that construction and production sites are some of the most hazardous workplaces should come as no surprise. Some of the more startling statistics come from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in which it’s estimated that approximately 85 fatalities are caused by forklifts each year. On top of that, 34,900 serious forklift injuries have been reported with another 61,800 non-serious injuries. Amazingly, it’s been determined that over 11% of all U.S. forklifts will be involved in workplace accidents annually. The types of reported accidents include:

  • Struck pedestrians
  • Workers crushed
  • Forklift overturns
  • Property collisions

These statistics have been the focus of increased safety awareness and an escalation in OSHA inspections of forklifts and other powered work vehicles, such as electric pallet jacks, in accordance with OSHA CPL 02-01-028. This new wave of inspections will include construction sites as well as warehouses, factories and service companies in which the use of powered industrial vehicles is prevalent. Because of federally mandated regulations, every employee who will be using a powered work vehicle must receive training and be certified its operation.

Because of these requirements, companies prefer to create and maintain their own training video and training materials library that will allow them to conduct comprehensive safety training courses. For those companies that have multiple locations, a training library/room can be set up in each of those locations, thus saving the trouble of transporting and keeping up with materials. The training materials located on this website will allow the setup of either one or multiple company training sections in a cost-effective manner that, in the long-run, provides an excellent ROI in the avoidance of lost time and resources.

Other types of powered equipment, such as electric pallet jacks, will also require safety training since their ease of use can often lead to over-confidence and negligence on the part of the operators. Topics that are covered in these materials include; speed control, equipment maintenance, rules of operation and other safety topics. 

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