(Toolbox Talk) Forklift Truck Safety for Pedestrians

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The aim of this toolbox talk is to increase awareness of forklift truck operations and the safety of pedestrians.

The use of regular toolbox talks, if done effectively, will significantly improve the safety culture within your organisation. This will increase the safety awareness of the workers, and as a result reduce the likelihood of accidents and unsafe occurrences.

Legislation references

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Forklift truck safety

Forklift trucks (FLTs) are potentially dangerous – they are mobile and heavy. Accidents involving FLTs are common and often result in fatalities or serious injury. Management of the risks requires participation by every employee. You are required to abide by local safety rules. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.

forklift trucks and the safety of pedestrians
“See it sort it” is an effective method of managing transport safety in the workplace. Every employee is authorised to take any action necessary to safeguard themselves or their fellow employees. Where you can take action to prevent an accident, you should do so. Report any issues that are outside of your control to your local manager or to supervisor. Reporting should include excess speed. Some areas of the workplace are designated for specific activities. You need to understand the meaning of each of the safety systems that have been put in place for your safety.
  • Pedestrian areas must be kept clear at all times.
  • Pedestrians are not permitted to enter vehicle operations areas where exclusion signs are posted.
  • FLTs are fitted with beacons and sirens warning of their activity and operations.
  • Make eye contact with any driver before approaching a vehicle and always obey the driver’s instructions.
  • Never approach a moving FLT.
  • Avoid distracting the driver.
  • Never ride on a FLT.
  • Do not use FLTs for access unless fitted with a proprietary man lift.
  • Do not enter designated “FLT Only” operations areas.
  • Wear your high visibility jacket / vest.
  • Stick to designated pedestrian routes.
  • Take extra care when entering or exiting buildings – use pedestrian doors.
  • Report all incidents to your local manager / supervisor.
  • Obey all safety signs.
  • Listen and watch for audible warning and visual warning signs.