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Is It Time for a No-Cell Phones Rule for Warehouse Forklift Drivers? Safety Expert Says, “Yes”

Distracted forklift drivers are a distribution center accident waiting to happen. The April issue of industry newsletter Distribution Center Management provides six tips to reduce distracted driving. Banning cell phones is high on the list.

(Boonton, NJ, April 1, 2010) — Lawmakers around the country are cracking down on the use of cell phones by motorists -- and in that spirit, you should strongly consider banning your workers from using mobile devices while they're behind the wheel in the DC.

That's according to Dave Hoover of Forklift Training Systems in Newark, OH.

In the April issue of industry newsletter Distribution Center Management, Hoover notes that distracted forklift drivers are a DC accident waiting to happen. And that you can prevent mishaps by training your employees about the dangers of devoting less than their full attention while driving.

In the article, Hoover provides six tips for forklift safety including tip number five: Make safety everyone's job.

Hoover notes that managers often will let safety transgressions slide because they think it's someone else's job to enforce safety policies. You must create an environment where safety is a group goal, not just the job of the safety director.

"It's everybody's responsibility," Hoover says. "If you see something that isn't safe, take action, even if that's not your job."

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