Forklift Safety

If you’re operating a forklift or other industrial vehicle, there are a lot of safety precautions to keep in mind. First as we noted earlier, you should never operate one unless you’ve been trained and approved to do so. Many companies now issues licenses to those approved to drive them in order to better insure work place safety. If that’s your company’s policy, stay off unless you’ve got a license to drive it. You could be suspended or fired for violating this rule. Never allow riders on your forklift, and never engage in racing other vehicles, or any kind of horseplay. These vehicles are very dangerous, and are not meant for fun. Observe all stop signs in your work area, and whenever crossing an entrance slow down and honk your horn. If the horn doesn’t work, the vehicle shouldn’t be used until it’s repaired.

A forklift without a horn is very unsafe. Any time you’re carrying a load, make sure that you tilt the forks back to prevent spilling the load, and ensure that you’ve got clear visibility. Give a lot of leeway to docks and ramps, as it’s easy to tumble off of these. You should always be wearing your seat belt when on a forklift in case you tip over. When you’re carrying a load, it’s even more important to be thinking about safety if you’re going uphill or downhill. If your forks are too high, you could easily tip over. Know the load limits on your forks, and don’t ever exceed them. When loading and unloading trucks, make sure that there’s no gap between the fork and the dock, and use your vehicle lights if you have them. You should never pass another forklift, and you should always maintain a distance of at least three vehicle lengths between you and the forklift in front of you. If crossing a blind spot, come to a complete stop and honk your horn before proceeding. And always keep in mind that you may come across a pedestrian at any time, and they may not be as concerned with safety as they’re supposed to be. Always yield to them, even if they’re in a forklift only zone. Forklifts and other industrial vehicles are vital to modern manufacturing and warehousing, and when used properly they’re a real boon to business. When used improperly, they’re serious safety hazards at best, and deadly at worst. So when you’re operating a forklift or other powered mover, work safety should always be your number one priority.


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