Forklift operation is not as simple as it looks. But with a little experience, it’s not an impossible skill to master.
Basic Forklift Safety Practices:
Here are a few common safety rules to follow during forklift operation:
- Use the seat belt. It will keep you secured in the seat in the unplanned event of a tip over.
- A parked forklift should have the forks flat on the floor with the controls set to neutral and with the parking brake set.
- A forklift is considered to be “unattended” if the operator is more than 25 feet away or if the forklift is out of the direct vision of the operator. Unattended forklifts should be parked with the power turned off.
- When operating the forklift on inclines, the load should always be on the uphill side of the incline. Drive forward going up the incline. Drive backward going down the incline.
- When traveling without a load on the forks, keep the forks approximately four to six inches off the floor.
- Never allow anyone to walk underneath a raised load.
- Stop at all blind corners to check for other traffic in the area. This includes other forklifts and pedestrians. Honk your horn and look before you proceed.
- If carrying a tall load that blocks your forward vision, drive in reverse and turn your head so you can see where you are going.
- If operating around other forklifts, maintain a three-forklift length distance between forklifts and never attempt passing.
- Never drive a forklift up to the back of persons who are unaware that the forklift is behind them.