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How Well Do You Know Your Forklift Drivers’ Habits?

Posted by Dick Sorenson on Mar 8, 2017 3:00:00 AM

Think you know who is driving your fleet? What you see when you look out over the busy warehouse may not be the full story. You need details that go beyond human observation. best_practices-1.jpg

It is a challenge to stay one step ahead of everyday problems. Small issues can quickly add up to big losses — for instance, a single lift-truck is associated with about 40 separate costs.

Proactive management requires knowing your operators, but how well do you really know their skills and behaviors?

Take the quiz:

1.      Are all operators certified and up to date on retraining?

It is easy to lose track of operator training and certifications. But OSHA fines can impact profits if driver certification is not up to date or training doesn’t meet requirements.

Solve this challenge with a telematic system that monitors and tracks each operator and sends an alert when certifications are near expiration. This ensures refresher training is provided on a timely basis, without guesswork or manual tracking.

2.      Are operators driving vehicles in need of repair or that they are not certified to drive?

This is an avoidable safety hazard that puts you at risk for OSHA fines. All forklift drivers must be authorized and properly trained in safe operation of the specific type of vehicle they operate. And if a condition exists that might adversely affect the safety of the truck or operator, the vehicle should not be available for use.

Solve this challenge by deploying a telematic system that equips lift-trucks with an identification-card reader, which limits vehicle access to appropriately trained and certified operators. The system also places vehicles on lock-out due to maintenance issues or an impact.

3.      Do operators obey speed limits and safety measures that protect pedestrians?

Typically, operator and vehicle access is restricted to specified areas and speed limits are set, but operators can become complacent about these rules.

Solve this challenge with telematic fleet monitoring, which reduces impacts by offering an improved view of vehicle and operator activity in real time. The system maps out zones within the facility to establish and monitor compliance with speed and controlled access of vehicles.

4.      Are safety checklists always completed?

Safety checklists are often overlooked by drivers when the pressure is on to get a task done quickly. But, they are vital to ensure that no condition exists that might adversely affect the safety of the truck or operator.

Solve this challenge with a customizable telematic safety-checklist feature, which requires that operator and vehicle have completed the safety checklist in order for the vehicle to operate. It also can lockout the vehicle if it is proven unsafe.

Monitor operators better with telematics

The latest telematics product from TotalTrax, CommandPulseDX, is a solution that delivers advanced insight on one screen, so you instantly know the skills, behaviors and needs of each of your operators.


Topics: forklift tracking, driver behavior and productivity, telematic fleet management, CommandPulseDX, forklift drivers

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