Much of the focus regarding welding safety concerns the actual worker doing the welding. Face shields, protective clothing and electrical precautions almost always focus on the welder in order to make sure that they perform their task without exposing themselves to potential injury.
Forestry and logging represent some of the most difficult safety challenges of any industry. From a risk manager’s perspective, many of the different hazards associated with heights, heavy machinery, power tools and motorized vehicles are amplified by the fact that workers are asked to constantly adapt themselves to new outdoor environments that are much harder to control in terms of risk mitigation.
In large warehousing facilities, or even in industrial buildings where materials are often moved from one area to another, forklifts are a fairly common sight. Referred to by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as powered industrial trucks, forklifts comes in many different shapes and sizes, from small runabouts to heavy-duty units typically employed in lumber yards and mining sites. Regardless of their size, however, forklifts present one of the more common hazards to worker safety.
If there is one common theme that runs through almost every safety tip that gets published online or in the pages of an OSHA manual, that theme would be “awareness.” Staying aware of one’s surroundings, the activities of others in a work area, and of the safety policies designed to protect workers at a facility or job site are all key components of avoiding a work-related injury.
Forklift operation is a bit more complicated than it might at first seem. The demands of balancing cargo loads, weight transfer and safe maneuvering mean that piloting a forklift takes a specialized skill set – certainly more than just transferring basic driving skills onto a new platform.