At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Describe safety guidelines for mobile equipment
- Describe safety guidelines for forklift drivers
- Describe safety guidelines for working around mobile equipment
The following key questions are answered in this module:
Who plays a role in pedestrian safety involving mobile equipment?
Both mobile equipment operators and pedestrians.
What are some tips for safe mobile equipment operation?
Maintain them in top operating order; operating within safe operating guidelines; never overload; secure loads; obey speed limits; slow in hazardous areas; always watch for foot traffic; yield the right of way to pedestrians; always keep control of the mobile equipment, and more
What should pedestrians do to keep safe when working near mobile equipment?
Always assume the mobile equipment operator won't see you; be aware of machine operator blind spots; stay in areas designated for pedestrians whenever possible; establish eye contact with the mobile equipment operator; be aware and cautious of the wide turning radius of forklifts; give loaded forklifts an extra-wide working area; pay attention to horns and other warnings.
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
As a normal life, the greatest challenge to pedestrian safety in the commercial workplace is to avoid collision with mobile equipment. There are several factors in the commercial environment which increase the risk to pedestrians. In a warehouse or manufacturing workplace, people and mobile equipment working in close proximity to one another where the roadways and walkways are not always clearly defined or even separate. Mobile equipment especially forklifts are highly maneuverable and can suddenly be where a pedestrian might not expect them to be. The operators of mobile equipment have concerns such as impeded vision, load carrying, and restricted maneuvering space that a typical automobile driver does not have to deal with.
In many accidents, both the driver and the person being struck are at fault. This means that the drivers are not the only ones who need to be educated. Pedestrians must know how to keep themselves safe when working around the equipment. Once trained, both pedestrians and drivers must remember and practice these safety rules.
Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – www.osha.gov
- OSHA Safety and Health Topics - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/poweredindustrialtrucks/index.html
- OSHA eTools - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/pit/workplacehazards/pedestriantraffic.html
- OSHA Alliance - https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/nsc/nsc.html
- National Safety Council – www.nsc.org
- NSC Resources - http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/Resources/Pages/Resources.aspx