Area layout

  • Are the vehicle routes wide enough to accommodate fork lift truck / vehicle movement?

  • For two way traffic, is there adequate room and vision for vehicles to pass each other?

  • Are floor surfaces well maintained and free from significant cracks and pot holes?

  • Are surfaces firm and level enough to allow safe transport?

  • Are gangways and pathways free from obstructions?

  • Where blind spots have been identified are there adequate control measures in place? E.g mirrors, lights, sensors etc.

  • Does the area display the relevant work place transport signage such as restricted pedestrian access, fork lifts operating in the area and speed limits?
    (Use Highway Code standard where possible)

  • Are vehicle and pedestrian routes cleared identified?

  • Where pedestrians need to cross, are suitable crossings marked?

  • Do pedestrian and vehicle routes have adequate lighting?

  • Are safe parking places designated for vehicles when not in use, including charging areas?

  • Have barriers been erected where there is a high risk of collision to protect persons and vulnerable equipment?

  • Are narrow, low entrances over overhead restrictions clearly marked?

  • Have one way systems been considered as a priority for the area to prevent the need for close vehicles passing, waiting and unnecessary reversing?


  • Are personnel work stations away from areas where reversing and complex manoeuvres occur so to avoid impact collisions? If not are suitable controls in place?

  • Is the area designed so as to not require a banks man?

  • Are loading and unloading activities carried out away from passing traffic, operators and others not involved in the operation?

  • Is the use of powered lifting equipment restricted by way of a key, fob or other device which prevents movement by unauthorised persons?

  • Are there security arrangements in place to prevent unauthorised access and use of lifting equipment?

  • Are there separate access and egress doors for vehicles and pedestrians?

  • Where the same access door is used, are there priority controls in place to prevent collision between vehicles and pedestrians?

  • Are the loads lifted within the capacity of the equipment being used?

  • Is the equipment used the most suitable for the task, loads and operating space?

  • Has consideration been given to alternative ways of transporting items through the area e.g. Pallet trucks, conveyors, tow tugs etc.

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