Wherever the design of the vessel allows it, the use of the forklifts is proved to be very beneficial. They are labor-saving devices and greatly help to reduce the risk of the personnel injury when moving cargo, lashings, securing devices, machinery, ship stores, dunnage or garbage. However, when poorly maintained or incorrectly driven, forklift trucks are potentially dangerous. A lack of understanding or inadequate training increases the chances of an accident.
It is essential that everyone on board be aware of the dangers involved when forklift operations are taking place. This program, together with the accompanying workbook, will look at the most common issues arising from the safe use of the forklift trucks on board ship. Only by following the correct procedures will accident be avoided. The present video together with the booklet will be of great practical use for the people on board every ship where the forklift operations take place.
We would recommend that every single crew member involved or planned to be involved in the subject operations gets familiarized with the contents of this training program. As you can see, the forklift trucks can be of great help to the people; however, their improper use can easily let to tragic consequences.