Powered industrial trucks, including pallet jacks, can be dangerous in the workplace if proper precautions are not followed. There are many signs of a poorly run powered industrial truck program.
The first indication is the condition of the power industrial trucks themselves. Many times companies do not make an effort to ensure their trucks are in good repair. Other telltale signs of a poor powered industrial truck program are damaged trucks, walls, racks, skid marks on the floor and operators listening to headsets.
Edward Ballo has worked with and implemented powered industrial truck programs throughout his career. He has been involved with purchasing trucks with sensors that recorded impacts and other valuable information. Edward’s focus was on ensuring a high level of training for the truck operators and pedestrians alike. Training included driving instructions while carrying tall loads, inspecting and recording findings at the beginning of each shift, fork positions, loading and unloading tractor trailers, use of mirrors and horns, following prescribed traffic flow patterns, making eye contact with pedestrians before proceeding and reviewing examples of stakeholders input relative to process improvement to the powered industrial truck program. Additionally, Edward would perform spot inspections on the trucks while they were in operation.
For help working with and implementing your company’s powered industrial truck program, contact Edward Ballo with e3s Consulting.