- Posted by The Rental Store
- On April 11, 2019
- forklifts, Operator Tips, Safety
Safe Forklift Operation Guidelines
Mounting and Dismounting
- Maintain three points of contact at all times—a foot and two hands or a hand and two feet. Grasps handholds, not the steering wheel.
- Be cautious of oil or grease on shoes that could cause you to slip.
Steering, Turning, and Changing Direction
- Always look in the direction of travel.
- Consider the noise in our work environments; don’t assume people are able to hear a backup alarm or realize your intended direction of travel.
- Do not grab the overhead guard when traveling in reverse. This could expose the operator’s finger to serious injury.
- When turning, reduce speed to a safe level.
- Never turn with forks elevated or when you are on a grade. The forklift may tip over on even a very small grade.
- Operate at a speed that permits the lift to be brought to a stop in a safe manner under all travel conditions. Many locations have speeds posted. These speeds may have to be adjusted depending on loads and floor/weather conditions.
- Honk the horn at blind corners and when entering a building.
- Be cautious when traveling through roll up doors to ensure you will clear the door. When in doubt use a spotter.
- Make sure forks are the correct length to support the load.
- Know the forklift weight rating. Understand weight ratings decrease the higher you lift the load and further the load is from the mast.
- When in doubt, get help.