Are you and your forklift operators taking precautionary measures to stay cool and hydrated? It’s important for drivers and workers to stay safe in extreme temperatures. Heat fatigue is a common issue for forklift truck operators. Consider placing fans in the parts of your warehouse where workers are the most. Make sure your operators are able to take breaks in a cooler environment throughout the day. If possible, schedule heavy workloads in earlier parts of the day before your warehouse has had a chance to heat up.
Look for the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke should be taken seriously, on average 658 people die of heat stroke each year. Please take all precaution to prevent heat stroke in the work place.
Below are causes and signs to look for if someone has been in the heat for too long.