15 Oct Safe Operation Of Forklifts – Equipment Hazards
Safe Operation Of Forklifts – Equipment Hazards
Forklifts are a very important part of material handling in many industries. They are also a source of serious accidents. All personnel who operate forklifts must be trained and certified in safe operation at least once a year. The training includes both classroom and vehicle operation. Written and driving tests are administered by the instructor. Here are some basic safety rules to remember when operating a forklift.
- The operator is in charge of his/her own vehicle. As such they are responsible for their own safety, vehicle, load, company property and equipment and other employees or pedestrians.
- Only qualified drivers may operate forklifts. This will be determined by their supervisor and be based upon experience and training.
- Wear a hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection and safety shoes as required.
- Horseplay is prohibited.
- Report all accidents immediately.
- No riders are allowed.
In general, observe the usual traffic rules and regulations whenever possible. These include:
- Keep to the right on roadways and wide aisles.
- Drive at a reasonable speed depending on location and condition of the surface.
- Slow down at intersections, corners, ramps and other danger points.
- Leave plenty of space between forklifts when moving.
- Use your horn in blind spots, but don’t overdo it.
- Watch in turning that you don’t cut too short.
- Be alert for wet and slippery surfaces while driving.
- Give pedestrians the right of way. Assume they are not aware of forklift traffic.
- Stop at all stop signs.
- When parking, do not block traffic
-Park with the forks lowered to the floor
-Turn off the power and take the key with you, but not to your home.