Materials handling is something that a wide range of business sectors experience, with organisations often using mechanical handling solutions to meet their own individual requirements.
In many cases, organisations turn to the utilisation of “powered” work equipment, which often increases productivity but also reduces the potential for staff to be exposed to manual handling operations in the workplace.
However like many risk control mechanisms, the removal or reduction of one risk can often increase the overall risk potential by the introduction of another, perhaps more significant workplace risk. In this case, the interaction between people and moving vehicles.
Over recent years we have seen an ever increasing number of workplace incidents involving vehicles in the workplace, and perhaps more specifically incidents involving the use of forklift trucks.
This risk insight provides guidance on how best to reduce your risk of workplace incidents involving forklift trucks, and discusses technological changes which will help you to assist the operator in carrying out their duties in a safe and consistent manner.