Safer by Design

Maintaining a safe lift truck environment is harder than ever today, with bigger and faster-paced warehouses and operations.  Forklift makers responded, making today’s forklifts safer than ever! Check out this DC Velocity article about these built-in safety enhancements: DC Velocity Article


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Today is National Forklift Safety Day!

National Forklift Safety Day
National Forklift Safety Day is a great reminder to review all forklift safety and training policies and procedures, to make sure your operators and workers are safe in and around forklifts. Here are some safety tips to help decrease forklift fatalities and injuries.

  • Train, evaluate, and certify all operators to ensure they can operate forklifts safely. Wear the correct work clothes and protective gear.
  • Examine the forklift before using for any hazardous conditions that would make it unsafe to operate. Lockout forklift and do not use if hazardous conditions exist.
  • Fasten seat belt before operating the forklift.
  • Operate at a safe speed appropriate for the environment. Observe the work site rules and operate the forklift safely.
  • Don’t drive over hazards, such as pieces of wood on the floor. The load could shift or the operator could lose control.
  • Don’t carry unstable loads. Stack the load safely and properly, using prevention measures such as ropes or binders if needed. Use undamaged pallets or skids that can withstand the load weight.
  • Don’t use fork tips to raise a heavy load or push or pull a load.
  • Use a helper in narrow spaces, and follow the helper’s signals.
  • If your view is obstructed, stop, look left and right, and sound horn before proceeding.
  • Keep forks low, no higher than a foot off the ground, and never travel or turn with the forks elevated or tilted forward.
  • If load obstructs your view, have a helper spot you.  Drive carefully when backing up.
  • Only one person should ride in the operator compartment, never on the forks or anywhere else on the forklift.
  • Don’t place hands, feet, or any body part on the mast.  It will be severed if the mast is lowered while you are in it.
  • Travel slowly when turning. Never turn with the mast raised.
  • Watch the height of the upper part of the forklift when entering or exiting docks, doorways, and buildings.
  • Don’t travel with a load that exceeds the forklift’s lifting capacity.

The most important tip is to make sure your operators are all trained and certified to operate forklifts safely.  Proper training can reduce injuries and save lives!

Sign up for operator training with Yes Equipment & Services: Operator Training

See some tips and recaps from 2014 National Forklift Safety Day: 2014 NFSD



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June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, and a great time to evaluate the safety of your warehouse.  Warmer weather often brings more activity, open dock doors, and people on vacation, with other less familiar with the job filling in. The warehousing industry has a higher fatal injury rate than the national average for all industries, so safety on the job is especially important.  Make sure your warehouse is safe with Yes Equipment & Services.

We offer a free OSHA warehouse safety check in the Chicagoland area. One of our experienced safety inspectors will go over your warehouse and make sure everything is up to OSHA standards. Anything that is not, we will offer suggestions and help you find the solution that works for you.

Schedule an OSHA Safety Audit today!

Receive a free Forklift Safety Tips poster when you sign up! Remind your forklift operators of important safety tips with this glossy 22″ x 31″ poster.

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ITA sponsors second annual National Forklift Safety Day, June 9th

Lift truck industry to visit Washington on June 9 to educate government officials about safety, regulatory, and economic issues. Read the rest of the article at DC Velocity (Link)

Learn more or register with Industrial Truck Association (Link)


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Common Forklift OSHA Violations

There are many OSHA regulations to follow when using any powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, in the workplace.  Here are several common areas of OSHA compliance:

  • Certified Operators: All forklift operators must be trained and certified.
  • Battery Connector: Functioning and in good repair.
  • Fire Extinguisher, Headlights, Tail Lights, Strobe Light, Gauges/Display, Harness, Horn, LP Tank Latch: If present on the forklift, they must be in good working condition.
  • Operator’s Manual: Must be present on the forklift and operator must be familiar with the manual.
  • Safety Labels: All appropriate safety labels must be on the forklift.
  • Chains, Forks, Tires: Must not be worn beyond a certain point.  Must be in good working condition.
  • Daily Checklist: All forklifts shall be examined at least daily before use and records must be maintained of this check.

If the powered industrial truck is in need of any of the above repairs, the truck should be taken out of service until it has been restored to safe operating conditions.

Yes Equipment & Services offers a free OSHA Safety Audit!  We will audit your entire warehouse for potential OSHA safety violations, and help you find the best safety solutions for your location.


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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy, and decent work. (Link)

Celebrate by making sure all your forklift operators are training and certified.  Sign up for classes today! We offer classes at our facility and yours.  Check out our website for class dates and to register: (Link)

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10 Lift Truck Accidents a Professional Lift Truck Operator Should Know & Avoid

1. HITTING CO-WORKERS WITH A LIFT TRUCK: Other workers often walk in front of or alongside a moving truck; always watch out for pedestrians. Sound your horn at intersections or when entering blind aisles.

2. HITTING CO-WORKERS WITH A LOAD: Workers may stand in front or alongside a lift truck. If a load shifts, or objects slip off the forks, they can be injured. Tell them to step away.


3. CO-WORKERS INJURED BY A FALLING OBJECT: Keep other workers a safe distance from your lift truck when lifting or lowering a load.

4. OPERATORS INJURED BY A FALLING OBJECT: When lifting or stacking a load, objects sometimes shift or tilt. Never operate a truck without an overhead guard. Always keep your head, hands, arms, and legs inside the operator compartment.


5. INJURED BY THE MAST: Never put your hand or any part of your body through the mast structure. It’s especially dangerous when the mast is raised or hung up on a rack.

6. FALLING OR SLIPPING WHEN GETTING ON OR OFF THE LIFT TRUCK: Familiarize yourself with the operator’s compartment; be careful stepping on or off your lift truck.


7. COLLISIONS WITH OTHER LIFT TRUCKS OR VEHICLES: Always obey traffic rules in your facility. Drive slowly and do not pass. Think ahead.


8. FALL OFF LOADING DOCKS: Accidents happen on loading docks because operators get too close to the edge of the dock. Accidents also happen because operators forget to chock the wheels of the trailer, make sure the trailer brakes are set, and fail to perform other safety precautions. Never cut corners on loading docks.

9. HIT OBJECTS WHILE DRIVING: Check clearances. Watch out for pipes, wires, fans, and overhanging fixtures. Keep your hands and feet inside the operator compartment at all times.


10. TIP-OVERS: Maintain lift truck stability at all times. A professional operator makes sure the load is always balanced and the forks are set as wide apart as possible when carrying a load. Never turn on a ramp. In case of tip-over on a sit-down counterbalance lift truck, DO NOT JUMP! Follow the proper procedures for a tip-over situation.

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