"safety" Articles

  • Safety tips for operating a Mobile Elevating Work Platform outdoors

    MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms) are useful tools in an industrial environment, allowing operators to reach heights that are otherwise out of reach. But when MEWPS are used outside, there are certain weather conditions that severely impact safe MEWP operation.

    This blog post will explain the hazards and how to manage them.

  • Are your forklift tires going to cause an accident?

    A forklift’s tires can either reduce the chance of accidents or cause them. Tires are truly THAT fundamental to a forklift’s operation, so we always recommend a daily tire check. It can make the difference between causing an accident and preventing one.

  • 5 dangerous myths about forklift safety

    On National Forklift Safety Day, Let’s Dispel Dangerous Myths Surrounding Forklift Safety!

  • What are the most common, serious forklift accidents?

    What are the most common, serious forklift accidents and how can you help prevent them? OSHA estimates that more than 85 people are killed in forklift-related incidents, around 34,900 seriously injured and another 61,800 suffer non-serious injuries.

  • Do I need to do a pre-shift inspection every day?

    Have you ever had a forklift or MEWP operator ask this question? We’ll bet you have. 

  • How do I get my Forklift Operator Certification?

    For the safety of operators and other workers, OSHA requires forklift and MEWP operators to be certified before they operate the equipment. The employer is ultimately responsible for providing training programs since training must be tailored to each facility and equipment model. 

  • Forklift safety for pedestrians. It’s essential for your plant.

    How can we protect pedestrians in the workplace from forklift accidents and injuries? Pedestrians need training too!

  • Safe Winter Operation for Forklifts and MEWPs

    This blog post will summarize the most important things you can do to protect operators and equipment and maintain safety during winter. 

  • How many ways can forklift chains fail?

    How many ways can forklift mast chains fail? What are the signs operators should look for to prevent these dangerous failures? What could happen when forklift chain fails? Even with normal usage, mast chains will wear out. Overloading, misaligned chain and other problems cause premature wear and damage. Learn what to look for when inspecting chains in this TrainMOR Topics article.

  • Lower Your Risk

    We rely on them to lift and move heavy loads, but in the hands of untrained, inexperienced or careless operators, forklift trucks pose some serious risks in the workplace. Lower your risk by being aware of these common and completely avoidable forklift-related OSHA violations.

  • Forklift Safety: Stabilizing the Load

    Off-center loads, overloading, loading damaged or loose loads, and driving too fast are all too frequent causes of serious and fatal forklift accidents. In this article we review how forklift operators can ensure load stability to profoundly reduce injuries and death due to tip-overs, spills, and other forklift accidents.

  • VIDEO: Reviewing the Data Plate

    What information is on a data plate?
     

  • VIDEO: Flat Fork Leveling Device

    Did you know that most of the forklift damage done to products is because of the forks?  Forks that aren’t positioned properly can puncture and tear product packaging.  Poorly positioned forks may also snag shelving or lead to spills.
     

  • Top 4 MEWP Safety Hazards

    Recognize and avoid the four major safety concerns associated with MEWPs. 

  • VIDEO: Keep Your Hands Inside the Compartment at All Times!

    A forklift operator's hand wrapped around the operator compartment upright might seem like a rather inconsequential action until you consider that hand being accidentally scraped against a wall or crushed against an object. Watch the short video "Keep Body Parts Inside Forklift Compartment!".

  • Video: Legible Labels Avoid Liability - Quick Tip to Replace Them

    Operators are instructed to refer to the safety labels on their equipment to answer operation questions and ensure safe operation. Therefore, it is especially important to be sure the labels on your equipment are legible and able to be read by operators.

  • Why You Need a Workplace Safety Program and How We Can Help

    Consistent workplace safety programs help companies stay on top of safety training, remain OSHA compliant and avoid undesirable outcomes.

  • Tow Pin Video Short

    Before operating your lift truck are you making sure you have a tow pin in place? Watch this short video about "Do you have a Tow Pin? Check your Operator's Manual"

  • Video: Warning! 17 Scenarios That Could Cause Death or Injury

    Your lift truck may be your biggest resource to avoiding and anticipating accidents if your labels are legible and you can read your overhead warnings. Watch the short video "Warning! 17 Scenarios That Could Cause Death or Injury".

  • In Case of Tipover: What Should You Do?

    When operating a powered industrial truck, anticipating a tip over could be a smart idea when thinking about how to avoid them or what to do in the case of one happening.

  • Operating MEWPs and Forklifts in Winter Conditions

    Every winter season, operators of MEWPs and forklifts are faced with a new set of challenges. Winter conditions do not always lend to the safest working environments, and therefore, operators must take special precautions once the weather starts getting colder.

  • The Hidden Costs of Operator Error

    When you are investing in workplace safety, such as maintaining your equipment or installing new safety signage in the workplace, do you ever wonder how much an on-the-job injury could potentially cost your company? The truth is that there are multiple factors to consider when calculating the total cost of an injury. With each injury that occurs on the job, your company could incur healthcare/legal expenses, OSHA fines, financial losses due to decreased productivity, and other indirect expenses. When you look at the big picture, all of these hidden costs can really add up!