Forklift Blind Spots Are Unforgiving

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3 min read Forklift blind spots are everywhere. Forward, back, left and right. Hear how to avoid collisions and injuries when hauling large loads or driving backward. Sometimes powered industrial trucks, a.k.a. forklifts, have more blind spots than areas of clear vision. A full load can completely block the forward view. Parts of the forklift itself are culprits in obscuring the operator’s view. In this podcast Dan Clark lists best practices for drivers and pedestrians around forklifts, including …

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6 Steps To Head Off Forklift Overturns

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3 min read Forklift overturns are the leading cause of forklift deaths in the U.S. Hear about six simple ways to dodge overturns by respecting location and equipment. A forklift is a short, squatty vehicle that gets cranky on corners. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains how to keep a forklift upright in rough terrain, slopes and more. Dan also describes what to do if you ARE in a forklift overturn. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) …

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Top Forklift Safety Violations

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2 min read Forklift violations can be dangerous to workers, and lead to costly OSHA citations. Listen for some of the top forklift safety violations, and how to avoid them. Lack of operator training is the most cited forklift violation. Once trained, a worker should be evaluated every three years. Operators should inspect these powered industrial trucks before every use. They must avoid driving too fast, or with an elevated load. Loading docks are especially dangerous, and in …

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Powered Industrial Truck Labels

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3 min read Powered industrial trucks, also known as forklifts, need clear labeling to keep operators and pedestrians safe. This podcasts details the three main types of labels, CAUTION, WARNING and DANGER. We also discuss the factory-supplied nameplate, and what’s on it. Good labeling increases visuality for the operator. They will be more aware of the truck’s limits and how to operate it safely. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: What is a Powered Industrial …

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Warehouse Traffic Safety Management

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2 min read Warehouse traffic can be a safety battle. A battle of people vs. machines. Too often, the machines win. Struck-by accidents in 2012 alone claimed the lives of 199 people on the job. With better planning, those lives could have been saved. Listen to this podcast for ways to increase warehouse traffic safety. Here we detail warehouse physical and visual barriers, plus rules for drivers and pedestrians. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: …

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Forklift Safety Tips

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3 min read Forklift safety starts when the driver understands a forklift is not a car. Many of the basic safety rules apply, such as driving on the right and watching for pedestrians to avoid struck-by accidents. Avoiding distractions such as cell phones and texting is important too. Forklifts differ from highway vehicles in many ways. Their rear wheels do the steering. To balance loads, their center of gravity is different. And they can’t stop fast because they …

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Struck-By Accidents In Construction

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3 min read In this podcast, we are going to talk about a less-known fact on construction sites in the United States – “Struck-by Accidents” are the number one cause of injuries at construction sites and the number two leading cause of death. That is a tragic loss of life that simply does not need to be. Add to that fact that there are a couple more shocking numbers to consider; one, we have over 800 construction deaths …

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