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Forklift Safety Checklists:  How they Save Money, Time & Injuries

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Aug 14, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Checklists can play a significant role in addressing your enterprise’s safety concerns — before they become costly impacts or injuries. While it is true that safety checklists are sometimes seen as just another nuisance to deal with, if these tools prevent costly accidents, injuries, and violations, isn’t it worth it? The fact is, safety checklists are valuable requirements that protect forklift operators, equipment, and foot traffic in the warehouse. yes-1015483_1920

Enforcing checklists saves money, time and reduce injuries. Here are two examples:

  1. The fatal injury rate for the warehousing industry is higher than the national average for all industries combined. Though some incidents may happen no matter what, safety violations are often the root cause of warehouse accidents.

Your telematic operator checklists should require operators to perform pre-shift inspections to identify possible safety hazards or maintenance requirements. Such a practice ensures that:

  • No mechanical issues exist that could impact the safety of the operator or damage the forklift.
  • Mechanical problems are documented for repairs, and the truck is taken out of service (locked out) immediately.
  • Required inspections are documented, ensuring that all essential systems of the vehicle are inspected routinely and providing proof of inspection.
  1. As required by OSHA, drivers who have impacts, near misses, drive too fast or are risk-takers must be retrained on safe vehicle operation.

You can ensure compliance with vehicle telematics that:

  • Provide customized forklift monitoring to identify and address risks stemming from each operators’ error in judgment.
  • Monitor speed, enforcing limits in the warehouse by sending alerts to managers when a violation occurs.
  • Document training and retraining; and
  • Monitor operator certifications, alerting managers when driver certifications are about to expire.

Customized safety checklists

Customizing your safety checklists to fit the unique demands and risks within your facility is also a great way to save time. Your safety checklists should show that the operator and vehicle safety checklists have been completed and that all critical and non-critical failures have been addressed.

Today’s telematic systems facilitate this process and allow you to customize checklists to focus on your facility’s specific risks and safety objectives. The first step is to determine which requirements are most pertinent to safe warehouse operations so you can protect your workers. The final step is to leverage a telematic solution to serve as a watchdog, enforcing checklists that require definitive answers to all questions and leave no room for judgment calls. This can reduce costs and drastically lower the risk of injuries.


Topics: OSHA checklists, fleet monitoring, telematic diagnostics, osha inspection, safety improvements, safety versus productivity, lockout/tagout function