KEEP THE WORKPLACE SAFE THIS WINTER
Know the Environment
In the Northwest, we generally do not face much nasty weather that disrupts business. However, it is better to be safe than sorry in the cold grip of winter.
From slippery snow and ice to wet conditions and limited visibility, be prepared for whatever the season brings. Protect your equipment, and more importantly your employees.
Tires can make a world of difference for any vehicle. Inspect your forklifts tires to verify the tread has not worn down. The right tires allow for better stability and traction. If faced with slippery surface conditions, chain up or apply gravel or salt to exterior yard areas to increase traction.
A forklift cover is a great asset for those who do not have an enclosed cab on their forklift. Less expensive vinyl covers can be purchased; however, these do not dispel water. Our recommendation is to invest in a channeled cover with gutters. These covers keep water out of the cab and away from the operator.
OSHA requires all industrial truck operators to be properly trained and certified. Operators should adapt the use of equipment to weather conditions. Cold weather calls for lower speeds and increased caution. Make sure you can see what is ahead and around you. If conditions are bad and prevent a safe work environment, operators should safely stop the lift.
On top of being certified, forklift operators should take care to gear up appropriately. Warm outerwear, wind-proof clothing, and easy to see colors can increase safety in the work environment.
Forklift operators should examine forklifts prior to every use to make sure the equipment is ready for the current working conditions. The Northwest weather changes quickly and the more prepared the operator, the smoother that change will be. Don't let the cold weather throw your business off schedule.