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Forklift Safety Tips

Forklifts are extremely useful vehicles in the workplace if they are used properly and safely by competent and trained operators. Ensuring forklift safety is essential to avoid accidents.

Forklift trucks can be one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in the workplace, if not handled with care and with due safety measures.

Some of the common faults, affecting the safe operation of forklift trucks are:

  1. Faulty brakes
  2. Worn hydraulic hoses
  3. Low hydraulic fluid levels
  4. Sub-standard tyres
  5. Sub-standard seat
  6. Operator controls which are working properly or are not marked correctly
  7. Lights and warning devices that are not working

Neglecting forklift safety rules can be dangerous.

Forklift Safety Tips

Now let’s look at some simple forklift safety tips for operators which can ensure forklift safety.

Forklift operators should be competent and well trained

Individuals with forklift safety training and the license should only operate a forklift. Workers who do not have enough exposure, should not be allowed to operate the forklift.

Proper clothing must be worn by forklift operators

To avoid risky situations, operators must always ensure to wear appropriate clothing. Proper safety shoes, hi-visibility jacket and hard hat should be worn.

Examine the forklift before use

Regular maintenance of the forklift and checking of tyres, brakes, steering, controls, warning devices, etc. is essential before its safe operation and should be checked before its use.

Always ensure safe speed

Overruling forklift safety and operating at an unsafe speed can be the biggest mistake. Drivers should never exceed the speed limits and should take proper care while driving.

Drive only when you have clear visibility

Do not drive the forklift, in case of poor vision it can lead to hazards. Ask for helpers to assist you in required circumstances.

Stability of the load should be kept in mind

Forklifts with unstable loads are at higher risks of causing injuries and damage. Always look that the load is carefully stacked and secured before moving the forklift. Overhead objects should be looked for while lifting the loads as they might cause an accident.

Leading cause of operator’s death, which involves forklifts, is overturning. Cornering too fast, driving on uneven grounds, across inclines, with raised forks, striking low doors or beams, etc. are some of the important causes of forklifts overturning. Braking too quickly and towing disabled forklifts, colliding with another vehicle, can also cause overturns and fatalities. To be effective, a forklift must be maneuverable.

Pre-use forklift safety checklist should always be maintained and checked whenever any forklift operation is undertaken.

Proper forklift safety training and adherence to forklift safety rules can reduce forklift accidents.

Share your views and queries. Happy lifting.

4 Responses to Forklift Safety Tips

  1. Pankaj kumar jha jha says:

    nice post

  2. Chistian Matey says:

    It is a good presentation for the health and safety industry.And i believe incidents involving forklift will minimise if Operators adhere to these measures.

  3. I like what this article mentions about only driving the forklift if there is clear visibility. It makes sense that with the big pieces of metal stick out from a forklift, it can be very dangerous to drive it in tight places or near people. It could be in anyone who’s looking to operate a lift’s best interest to get proper licensing and safety training before doing so to prevent accidents.

  4. I think you give some really valuable tips here regarding forklift safety. I think that one of the best ways to prevent accidents from happening is constantly checking the forklift and making sure that the parts are all working well. You can never be too sure! My wife used to always say that you would rather be safe than sorry. Thanks again!

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