IARW survey on forklift safety practices

Oct. 20, 2008
Limb, pedestrian, and other worker injuries seem to be the most common safety problem associated with lift trucks, found a recently completed survey on lift truck safety by the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW).

Limb, pedestrian, and other worker injuries seem to be the most common safety problem associated with lift trucks, found a recently completed survey on lift truck safety by the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW).

To help prevent these injuries, 46% of respondents said they use deadman switches (a feature that prevents riderless runaway vehicles), 25% use barriers, and 14% use light curtains.

Asked if they have a policy on the direction in which lift trucks should be operated, 10% of those replying to the survey said their policy is forks-first, 21% have a forks-trailing policy, and 69% of respondents use both approaches.

Survey results revealed that lift truck training varies widely. Some 38% of respondents provide three hours of training or less on each different piece of equipment, while 28% provide 13 hours or more of similar training.

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