5 Top Tips For Maintaining Forklift Safety During The Darker Months
Now that the clocks have gone back and it’s now getting dark much earlier, it’s important for your staff to take the relevant precautions to remain safe. We’ve put together 5 top safety tips for working on and around forklift trucks in limited daylight.
- PPE: Ensure PPE/hi-visibility clothing fits and is worn correctly. Ensure hi-vis jackets haven’t exceeded their maximum number of washes, which could negate their reflective properties.
- Lighting: ensure sufficient lighting is provided on-site, in the right areas and on the lift trucks themselves. Regularly check all are in good working order and advise staff of any motion-activated lights which may switch off after a set amount of time, leaving an area unlit.
- Moving in/outside: allow your eyes time to adjust from light to dark areas and vice versa. Remember that light levels will change at different times of the day as it gets darker earlier.
- Speed: adjust speed accordingly to account for limited visibility. Operate with caution.
- Operating area: ensure staff familiarise themselves with their working environment in good light so that they are aware of any potential hazards (such as potholes and obstructions) when they come to operate in lower light.