8th August 2008


 Issue No.  2008/17




Following our previous article about Driver Training we now turn to address matters relating to workplaces.  As stated previously FLTs feature prominently in workplace accidents with one of the many causes being the layout and maintenance of work areas.
Roadways and aisles etc. should have sufficient width and overhead clearance (for loaded FLTs and for FLTs passing each other if necessary); road humps should be avoided; consideration could be given to a 1-way system if warranted; adequate lighting is essential.
Pedestrians should be prohibited where possible, or risks assessed and controlled by the use of signs or barriers which are clearly marked (black and yellow diagonal stripes).
Edges of loading bays etc. should be clearly marked or, where possible, fitted with barriers.
Avoidance of sharp bends, obstructions, etc.
Warning devices, mirrors etc. may be needed where barriers cannot be used.
Structural features (particularly cast iron columns in old mill buildings) should be identified, marked and protected (e.g. with impact barriers).
Parking areas for FLTs should be provided in a secure or supervised area to prevent unauthorised access.
Protection of personnel should be achieved by consideration of the following measures:-
  •  Segregation of pedestrians from vehicles (barriers, marking of routes, warning devices).
  •  Audible warning devices on FLTs, e.g. horn, reversing bleeper.
  •  Flashing beacons on FLTs.
  •  High visibility clothing.
  •  Head protection, where there is a risk of head injury from falling objects.




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