Pedestrian Safety

What warehouse safety precautions does your facility need to follow?

Feb 12, 2020
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Forklift operators should always be aware of their workplace, including pedestrian traffic. When possible, forklift traffic should be separated from other workers and pedestrians.

Forklift driver responsibilities

  • It’s a recommended practice to yield the right of way to pedestrians.
  • Stop when a group of people walk across your planned route and wait until the pedestrians have passed.
  • You should proceed with caution through any congested area.
  • Before operating a forklift, it is a good idea to complete a brief walkthrough of your route. This is similar to completing a safety check on your forklift before operating.
  • Clear any hazards before going on with your standard driving route.

Reminders for lift truck drivers

  •  At all intersections, corners and anytime your vision is obstructed you should always sound your horn and either slow down or stop.
  • You should use a backup alarm, strobe light, and/or a blue light when traveling in reverse.
  • Some high-traffic areas may require a spotter to assist and guide the driver.
  • Always keep a clear view and make eye contact with pedestrians and other forklift operators when possible.
  • Signal to pedestrians to stand clear.
  • Start, stop, travel, steer and brake smoothly.

Reminder for warehouse pedestrians

  • Remember, forklifts are not designed for sudden stops. They are designed to stop gradually to maintain stability and minimize load damage.
  • The best way to avoid a run-in is by always standing clear of lift trucks in operation.
  • Remember that forklift drivers may have limited visibility due to blind spots.
  •  Never ride on a forklift unless it is designed and authorized for riding.
  • Always use pedestrian walkways or stay to one side of the equipment.
  •  When possible, you should make eye contact with the forklift driver.

Reminders for warehouse safety managers

  • Permanent aisle and passageways are required to be free of obstructions and should be appropriately marked where mechanical handling equipment is used.
  • Consider separating pedestrians from lift trucks by providing the following:
  • Use pedestrian walkways.
  • Use permanent railings or other protective barriers.
  • If pedestrians must use equipment aisles, they must have adequate walking space on at least one side.
  • f railings or barriers are not available, pedestrian walkway striping can be used.

Other great safety tips for warehouse drivers and pedestrians

  • Use convex mirrors at corners and blind intersections
  • Post traffic control signs
  • Post warehouse speed limits
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  • bollards
  • Retractable belts and posts Dock lights
  • Many warehouse locations require that lift truck drivers and pedestrians wear bright reflective safety vests, which increases visibility of both.