SAFETY AWARNESS FOR ACCIDENT-FREE WORK
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In the business field, one of the main behaviors to which they must adhere is undoubtedly Industrial Safety, which comprises the set of techniques that aim to prevent accidents (Creus, 2011). According to (Dìaz, J., 2001) over time the emphasis placed on industrial safety has been changing, but its focus is that of “Prevention”, considered as a technique of action on hazards in order to suppress and avoid its damaging consequences.
There are also specific guidelines regarding forklift use, which are particularly beneficial for space-saving operation but present a higher level of risk.
Businesses that promote their own internal safety strategies run a much lower risk of pedestrian-truck accidents.
They can, for example, stipulate maximum forklift speeds and define areas where trucks cannot operate and implement seemingly simple but effective measures, such as safety signage around facilities. Interaction between internal and external guidelines fosters collective responsibility for increased security awareness.
Measures such as an internal security policy, as well as the help of technology in the form of security and assistance systems such as those supplied by ELOKON, can add a crucial additional level of protection for employees.
Implementation of safety regulations
Checks are required to make sure it is in working order and if any faults are identified they should be reported immediately. Rules and regulations must be observed by the operator at all times during a shift and these begin even before the forklift is started.
To avoid tipping, overloads must be avoided and loads must be properly secured. This implies knowing the maximum load capacities, plus the weight of the accessories since even any minor deviation can have serious consequences. The load center is also critical: if the load center of a pallet is too far from the mast, it can negatively affect the stability of the truck.
Staying within designated speed limits and adapting to the environment is equally important, and this applies particularly when forklifts are moving from outdoor to indoor areas.
Assistance systems improve safety
But operators don't need to be alone with their responsibilities; Safety and assistance systems can help them keep themselves and other staff safe during the workday.
These smart-systems keep a technological eye on danger zones to give timely alerts of any risk. Integrated solutions emit various warning signals: acoustic, optical, or tactile.
The foregoing creates an area of opportunity for educational institutions, to strengthen safety in the industry; coinciding that, if since the creation of the company there is a culture of putting the matter into an application, many risks and accidents at work could be avoided.
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