Mechanical Material Handling: Using Forklifts

Sentry Insurance Mechanical material handlingMechanical material-handling demands in today’s printing facilities are very diverse, but typically include lifting and handling raw paperstock, in-process print jobs and finished pieces.

To prevent repetitive motion or strain-related injuries, the use of mechanical equipment is preferred over manual handling.

By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs.

Using Forklifts and Other Motorized Material-handling Equipment

• Develop a written material-handling equipment safety program
• Inspect equipment daily to verify proper working order
• Do not allow employees under 18 to operate motorized equipment
• Include initial certification, refresher training and periodic review of operator training
• Cover the following topics in forklift training:
– Avoiding sharp turns
– Equipping forklifts with overhead cages
– Never exceeding the rated capability of the forklift
– Lowering the forks to the floor when parking
– Keeping loads low when traveling
– Driving in reverse when load height obstructs operator view or when descending a slope of more than 10 degrees
– Following posted speed limits
– Ensuring that wheel chocks are in place or a dock-lock is attached before entering a spotted trailer
– Never allowing an operator to drive up to someone standing in front of a fixed-object wall, workbench, racking or
    other equipment
– Never allowing passengers on forklifts
– Not raising loads when forklift is moving
– Always wearing seat belts

One Response to Mechanical Material Handling: Using Forklifts

  1. Awesome Post ! This post is really helpful . I Appreciate it.

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