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Common Forklift Safety Issues

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

The safe handling of materials in a facility should be a significant consideration when designing, or redesigning, a production area. As you look to improve your safety practices, keep in mind:

  • Toyota Forklift Site Safety AssessmentFirst and foremost, operator safety training for all forklift operators is a federal requirement. Clear corporate policy on workplace safety and pedestrian/equipment interaction will also help to ensure a safe working environment.

  • Sometimes production facilities make the mistake of using the same aisles and passageways for pedestrian and forklift traffic. This can create opportunities for incidents and and slows down both forklift operators and pedestrians as they cautiously work around each other.

  • As much as possible, pedestrians and forklifts should be separated by guards or barriers. Physical barriers assure that pedestrians and material handling equipment do not come into contact with each other. Clearly market pedestrian lanes help keep pedestrians out of the way of forklifts.

  • Warning lights and in extreme cases crossing drop arms can be used at intersections to reduce injury. Crossing drop arms are sometimes found in retail establishments where pedestrians are not accustomed to sharing the area with forklifts.


For new ideas and solutions on how to improve your facility safety, contact your local Toyota forklift dealer.

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