7 Safety techniques for operating a forklift
A forklift is a vehicle that is used to transport heavy goods and storage material from one stop to another within a warehouse. A forklift could be carrying heavy loaded boxes or empty boxes that need to be loaded with goods; although no matter what the situation the forklift must always been driven under the safety rules set by the warehouse manager.
Along the same lines, here are some safety techniques that one must keep in mind while operating a forklift:
1. Qualified Operators
· The forklift must be operated only by the individuals that possess a valid license to operate the forklift and have been trained for the same.
2. Appropriate Clothing
· The operator of the forklift must be wearing a hard hat, safety shoes and hi-visibility jackets.
· The clothes must be well fit as loose fitting clothes can cause hazards around the machines and get stuck in some machinery.
· Do not operate any controls of a forklift with greasy hands, this could lead to an unwanted command and cause an accident.
3. Always Examine Equipment
· Always do a routine check with the equipment before driving the forklift. Make sure you check the functionality of the brakes, steering, controls, warning devices and tyres.
· Never operate the forklift if it needs to any kind of repair work, notify the management and get it fixed before operating it.
4. Safe Speed
· Never cross the speed limit.
· While making turns make sure you slow down the vehicle, this reduces the chances of it tipping over.
5. Load Must Always Be Stable and Secure
· Always check the loads before you move the forklift, go ahead with the movement only after you have ensured that the loads are secure.
· Increase the truck stability by tilting the load with the forks below the load.
· Make sure there are no tunnels or obstacle in the way before lifting or stacking the loads.
· Make sure the weight of the loads is equal on both the forks and it is stable.
· Use securing measure like ropes or binding when necessary.
6. Clear Visibility is Essential
· Always make sure that the load does not block your vision; this could lead to an accident.
· You must also have clear visibility of the racking in which you are positioning your load.
· Make sure you do not drive if you have poor visibility; in some situations you could also need a helper to assist you with the directions.
· You can also drive the forklift in reverse to ensure that you have a clear vision.
7. After The Shift Ends
· Always park in the forklift only in the designated area after use.
· Make sure you use the park brake and have fully lowered the forks.
· Never leave a running engine unattended.
So, the next time you are operating a forklift, make sure you keep these tips in mind to ensure a safe and sound process.