As with any heavy equipment, it is very important to stay safe while operating a lift truck in the Vancouver area. We have prepared a quick reference guide on forklift safety for yourself, and your employees.
10 Rules On Forklift Safety
- Only qualified employees who are trained and licensed can operate forklifts. Even if it is a 5-minute job, the best thing to do is wait for your licensed coworker to come back from whatever they were doing (lunch, other job, etc.).
- Always wear appropriate clothing. To avoid unnecessary damage and confusion, make sure to wear high visibility jacket, hard hat and safety shoes. Also wear well fitted clothing, as loose items may get caught in the equipment.
- Always inspect your forklift before using it. Just as you would do with a rental car, you want to make sure everything is in a good condition before you start the engine. Also never use faulty equipment, or one that requires repairs.
- This is no NASCAR race, always use your forklift at a reasonable speed. Don’t cut corners and slow down on turns. If you are changing your direction, do so steadily.
- Always pay attention to the warehouse floor and the outside. Stay away from any holes, bumps, loose debris and slippery floors. Don’t drive over small objects, clear the path instead, and then continue your journey.
- Be careful with your load. When operating materials handling equipment, do not push or pull a load with your fork tips. Do not lift loads above the suggested weight, do not attempt to use a counterweight. Always make sure your loads are secured and attached properly.
- When driving up the ramps always move in a forward direction, and when driving down the ramp always reverse. Do not load or unload the goods while on the ramp.
- At the end of the day, park your truck in a designated area. Fully lower forks and apply the brakes.
- Watch out for others. As a driver, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of others. Do not allow anyone to walk or stand under a load. Don’t use forklift to lift or drive around your coworkers.
- Be sure of your surroundings. Pay attention to ceilings, warning signs, nearby equipment, cars and other large objects. Carry your load close to the floor to keep a good visibility.
If you want to learn more about forklift training in Vancouver, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
Also, if you don’t like reading, here’s a great video on forklift safety!