There's something refreshing about the New Year. It's a favorite time to reflect on where we've been and where we're headed, a time for renewing old commitments and making new ones. The start of a new year is also the perfect time to review safety programs and chart a course for improvement.
Forklifts allow one employee to do the work of several by moving large quantities of materials and handling awkward loads. With the benefits of improved materials handling, the potential for serious injury and death also increases. The sheer mass of a forklift can be equivalent to a full-size sedan and, although speeds are relatively low, that mass makes the potential for accidents a very serious issue in the workplace.
In today's work climate, respiratory protection seems to be involved in all areas of safety, from the Construction Industry with issues surrounding the new Silica Standard requirements to indoor air quality in the General Industry arena. Having a good respiratory protection program could potentially prevent hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses every year.
Unsafe lifting leads to thousands of injuries every year. While these injuries are rarely fatal, many result in time away from work and chronic pain. The good news is many of these accidents can be avoided by practicing safe lifting habits and using proper lifting aids and tools.