Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognizant of events, more broadly, it is the state of being conscious. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awareness
Workplace awareness is a focus on the workplace influence and mediation of awareness information, particularly the location, activity and changes of elements in the workplace. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awareness
When I teach a Forklift Operator Training class, you will hear me say the term ” aware of your surroundings” many times. In life it is important to be aware of your surroundings, it is also very essential, and a key aspect to operating a Forklift safely. You have to always be aware of what is going on around you at all times and be aware of what you are doing with the machine. Every workplace is different day in day out, you need to be aware of the changing elements at all times, if your not then accidents can and will happen.
Lets look at a few examples of what you should be aware of with certain tasks when operating a Forklift.
Picking up and pulling out a Load: Aware of fork placement, height and side restrictions, workplace hazards, is the rear of your machine clear of people, other equipment etc.
Driving around work yard: Aware of people and other equipment, Fork height, workplace hazards and forklift speed.
Accident’s and injury do happen when operators are not paying attention to awareness. A man in North Philadelphia had to have his leg amputated after being run over by a Forklift twice in a workplace accident in July of 2015. The operator of the forklift stated that he was not looking where he was going while driving the forklift, he was instead counting stacks of material while driving in reverse. The operator admitted during the investigation that he violated all basic rules of Forklift safety, and as a result, he was not aware of his co-worker and ran him over.