Generally these pallet trucks don't have a brake so you should never get yourself in front of a pallet truck, you should always push it, or pull it but walking to the side of it and out of reach of the back of the forks. That way when someone walks out in front of you, it won't run into your ankle and damage the achilles tendon, chip bones, run over those precious metatarsles. (protective footwear is a last, but very sensible resort... doesn't help the ankles and 200 joule toe caps will often deform if more than 40Kg runs into them and they don't offer much protection to the rest of the foot)
You should also take into consideration the weight, stability and height of the load. Although these pallet trucks can lift over a tonne do you really want to have a person trying to overcome the inertia of 1000Kg to get it moving and to try to stop it in an emergency (i.e. avoiding a collision) with their own 50 - 120Kg of mass ? You can of course drop the load onto the floor in an emergency then you only have the mass of the truck to stop, but will the load topple, spill, and even so the mass of a trolley is a fair chunk of momentum to stop using a handle that pivots, if it's being pulled those ankles are gonna get hurt. If it's being pushed lowering the load onto the floor will hold the trolley (assuming there's a pallet involved) - There should always be a pallet involved for this very reason.
In Summary :-
- You should push a load on a pallet truck,
- The load should be on a pallet,
- You should be able to see over / past the load to ensure the route is clear, The load should be stable (a stack of boxes might benefit from a bit of shrink wrapping)
- You should travel slow enough to ensure that should you have to, you have time to react and the load won't spill if you stop suddenly.
Walking slowly also makes it much easier to steer when pushing.
- If you really must pull the load it should either be very light and stable (so that you can walk alongside the handle and out of the path of the fork heels), or you should use a powered pallet truck with a graduated speed control and an emergency stop button (so that if the handle hits you, the truck stops).
- Pallet trucks should never be used on an incline (no brakes).
- Protective footwear should be worn because you can't rely on humans doing as they are told all the time.
Regarding the blind corner, put up a convex mirror so that the corner is no longer blind.
If it isn't broken, that doesn't mean you can't improve it. (Do three negatives make a positive ?)