Hazards of Powered Industrial Trucks

What are the hazards associated with operating powered industrial trucks?

There are many types of powered industrial trucks. Each type presents different operating hazards. For example, a sit-down, counterbalanced high-lift rider truck is more likely than a motorized hand truck to be involved in a falling load accident because the sit-down rider truck can lift a load much higher than a hand truck. Workplace type and conditions are also factors in hazards commonly associated with powered industrial trucks. For example, retail establishments often face greater challenges than other worksites in maintaining pedestrian safety. Beyond that, many workers can also be injured when:

  1. lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks
  2. lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer
  3. they are struck by a lift truck
  4. they fall while on elevated pallets and tines.

via Safety and Health Topics | Powered Industrial Trucks.

On the dock: Avoid lift truck accidents

Before entering a trailer, make sure that the wheels are chocked. If tractors are not attached, make sure that the landing gear is secure and supports are placed under the trailer. Never take for granted that the trailer or railcar is braked or chocked. Take the time to check for yourself.

via CLARK Material Handling Company – On the dock: Avoid lift truck accidents.