Forklifts are operating in every major retailer and distribution center in America. Where there are forklifts there are pedestrians. What does this mean for you? It means liability and obligation of prevention. One of the quickest and most noticeable pedestrian warnings are forklift safety lights. Lift Truck Supply’s online parts store offers eight different types of easily-installed safety lights.
“20% of all forklift fatalities from 1980 to 1994 involved a worker stricken by a lift truck.”- The National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities (NTOF)
While OSHA does not have a specific rule maintaining that a forklift must be equipt with safety lights it does have a General Duty Clause (see below) that says an employer can avoid violating this clause by installing visual safety devices. If not you could be subject to a $12,934 OSHA penalty per violation. That is a steep penalty to pay for not thinking ahead.
OSHA Act, 29 U.S.C. § 654 (a)(1), also known as the General Duty Clause, to furnish employment and a place of employment, free from recognized hazards that are causing or a likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees, where employees are exposed to hazards, including but not limited to, struck by, caught-in-between and crushing by the forklift. B56.1-2009 shows that industry recognizes this hazard and that equipping trucks with sound-producing and visual devices are feasible means to abate this hazard. An employer whose workplace presents this hazard and has not taken feasible steps to mitigate this hazard may be in violation of the General Duty Clause.
Your worker and customer safety is a critical part of your forklift program. By adding a highly visible safety light, you are helping your company avoid becoming a NTOF statistic or OSHA violator. Many of our lights shine a bright area on the floor warning pedestrians of forklifts approaching from specific directions, blind corners, or trailers. Upgrade your visual forklift safety today by visiting our online parts store.