Forklifts are a common sight in warehouses and factories across the country. They are essential pieces of equipment for moving heavy items around safely. However, forklifts can be dangerous if not operated properly. That is why it is important to equip your forklift with the proper safety devices. In this blog post, we will discuss six of the most important safety devices for forklifts. 

  1. Overhead guard 
  2. Proximity sensor 
  3. Backup alarm 
  4. Fork positioner 
  5. Seat belt 
  6. Forklift camera system 


Every day, forklift operators have a commitment to safety and protection for themselves and those around them. Toyota forklifts have overhead guards designed to help protect operators from falling objects and other obstructions in your facility. All forklifts, no matter the brand, should be equipped with an overhead guard that meets or exceeds OSHA standards. 


Proximity sensors are another important safety device for forklifts. They help to prevent collisions by detecting objects in the path of the forklift.  

Toyota’s all-new SEnS Smart Environment Sensor™ (SEnS) pedestrian detection system can assist operators in identifying a pedestrian or object behind their forklift during a shift. SEnS uses advanced technology and proprietary algorithms to distinguish between these obstacles.  

SEnS can detect objects up to 32 feet away. If within a detectible range, a buzzer and four indicator lights will alert the operator that a pedestrian or object is within a certain range of the rear of the forklift.  

With Toyota’s SEnS sensor, you can program up to three detection zones with different audible and visual alarms for each zone. The frequency in which the buzzer sounds and warning lights blink increases as the pedestrian or object enters a zone closer to the rear of the forklift. Detection zones can be configured to meet various customer applications. 

SEnS is available on new Toyota forklifts. It can also be retrofitted for select Toyota forklift models currently in use. SEnS works with multiple input voltages and fits a variety of applications. 

The following Toyota Forklifts are currently compatible with Toyota’s SEnS. Please check with your local dealer on the availability of these products. 


Another important safety device for forklifts is a backup alarm. This warns pedestrians and other operators when the forklift is backing up. This is especially important in busy warehouses where there is a lot of foot traffic. 


Fork positioners are another must-have safety device for forklifts. They allow operators to move the forks quickly and safely from the operator seat. There are several types of fork positioners, so ask an expert to decide which one is right for you.  


Most forklifts come standard with a seat belt. This is a critical safety feature that should always be used when operating the forklift. A seat belt keeps the operator securely in the seat in case of a sudden stop or collision and reduces the severity and incidence of injuries in the event of a tip-over. 


Operator safety is further enhanced with the forklift camera system. This system gives the operator a clear view of the area behind the forklift. It is especially helpful in busy warehouses where there is a lot of foot traffic. 

These are just a few of the most important safety devices for forklifts. Be sure to equip your forklift with these devices to help keep your workplace safe. If you need help outfitting your forklifts with safety equipment, our material handling experts can help. Click here to set up a free onsite consultation.  

We also offer forklift operator safety training. Sending operators to forklift training to improve safety and increase efficiency isn’t just a good idea – OSHA certification is a requirement. Keep your operators and pedestrians safe and increase productivity with professional training from Toyota Material Handling Solutions. Click here to sign up.

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