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Avoiding Forklift Hazards: How to Minimize Operator and Pedestrian Injuries Through OSHA-Compliant Training & Employee Accountability

Avoiding Forklift Hazards: How to Minimize Operator and Pedestrian Injuries Through OSHA-Compliant Training & Employee Accountability

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Avoiding Forklift Hazards: How to Minimize Operator and Pedestrian Injuries Through OSHA-Compliant Training & Employee Accountability

Live Webinar: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to ensure forklift operator and pedestrian safety in your workplace with comprehensive training and employee accountability.



Every year several thousand workers in the United States are injured in forklift incidents, and more than 70 are killed. One in every 5 injured in these incidents are pedestrians working or walking in areas where forklifts operate. Many of these incidents and injuries could have been avoided with worker training. In addition, lack of forklift operator training is the most cited forklift violation. Posting warning signs or painting forklift travel lanes is not enough.

There are several well-documented hazards and common injuries to forklift operators and pedestrians in areas where forklifts operate that can be addressed with operator and pedestrian training: forklift tipover, struck by a forklift, struck by objects falling from a loaded forklift, caught or crushed between a forklift and another object or structure, and falls from a forklift. OSHA forklift violations were in many cases triggered by incidents involving pedestrians, so addressing these operator and pedestrian issues through training can help reduce fines.

To mitigate the risk of costly and tragic accidents, employers must address the training of both operators and pedestrians working in a forklift traffic area, and address human factors and risky behavior including distracted driving, driving with an elevated load, distracted walking and working in forklift areas, unauthorized rider, poorly stacked loads, and poor work practices in areas with high foot traffic and frequent forklift activity.

Join us on November 26 to learn how to integrate the mandatory forklift operator training and a pedestrian training program that recognizes the responsibility and accountability for working safely around forklifts involves all workers exposed to forklift hazards Attend this webinar to see if your program measures up. Chip Darius of Safety Priority Consultants will cover common questions such as:

  • Is training required for pedestrians around forklifts?
  • What types of hazards and injuries can be avoided with forklift operator and pedestrian training?
  • What are some examples or best practices to engage both forklift operators and pedestrians in safe practices around forklifts?

Plus, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify common hazards and human factors that causes injuries to both forklift operators and pedestrians
  • Recognize best practices for integrating the mandatory forklift operator training with training for pedestrians
  • Apply practical strategies for addressing human factors such as distractions and risky behavior
  • Adopt essential forklift safety-training strategies—and how to engage both operators and pedestrians in an integrated program

And, as a bonus for attending, you’ll receive BLR’s Prevent Forklift Accidents

About Your Presenters

Chip DariusChip Darius, OHST, CSHO, CET 
President 
Safety Priority Consultants

Chip Darius, president of Safety Priority, has been active in safety and emergency response since 1980 and has been providing specialized OSHA compliance consulting and training since 1991. He has served as an instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center (New England) and as an adjunct faculty member at Keene State College since 2002. He also has served as authorized OSHA Outreach trainer for construction and general industry and as a trainer for Associated General Contractors of America. He is the vice president for the Connecticut Valley Chapter and an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. Darius also holds a Master's degree in Communication Sciences from The University of Connecticut.