Do your employees know how to operate a forklift safely? Following is basic information you can convey to them on this important subject.
The fundamental safety rules for forklift operation are:
- Only authorized drivers who have been through an approved training program may operate a forklift;
- Always report any forklift-related accidents as quickly as possible;
- Always wear your seat belt;
- No one should ever stand under upraised forks; if the hydraulic system fails, anyone standing under forks could be killed;
- Operate the controls only when sitting in the driver’s seat; and
- Never block exits or access to emergency equipment with a forklift.
What to do if a forklift tips over:
- Again, always wear your seat belt. You could be killed if you are thrown out. A forklift operator should never try to jump clear of a tipping forklift—you could be crushed by the overhead guard or the mast;
- Hold firmly onto the steering wheel;
- Brace your feet; and
- Lean away from the direction of the fall.
The above information comes from BLR’s presentation 'Forklift Operator Safety.' For more information on all the training courses BLR has to offer, go to our Safety Training page.