5 Tips for Operating a Forklift

5 Simple Tips for Operating a Forklift

When operating a forklift you must follow all rules and regulations. This is the key to safety. By following these five simple guidelines, you can prevent injuries or workplace mishaps.

  1. Must be certified.

In order to operate a forklift you must be certified. Without certification, there is no evidence that the operator has been properly trained, regardless of prior experience. Additional certification may be required on a case by case basis, dependent on job-site or organization.

  1. Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Appropriate PPE is extremely important when operating a Forklift.  Operators must wear a hard hat and a safety vest at all times. Work boots are required depending on the specific assignment or job-site.

  1. Watch for obstacles.

When operating any heavy machinery, you must always be attentive to your surroundings.Obstacles to look out for may include objects and/or pedestrians. The safety of yourself and others should always be your main priority.

  1. Have a clear path.

Before attempting to move a forklift, be sure you have a clear path to do so. Several obstructions may exist on the job-site such as people, objects, spills, puddles or extension cords.Be sure to clear all obstructions prior to usage.

  1. Ensure your load is stable and secure.

It is important to familiarize yourself with the load capacity recommendations associated with the forklift you are operating. Do not attempt to lift our carry a load heavier than the established load capacity, as this will directly affect your safety and the safety of others. Always double check to ensure that your load is secure and in the proper position before attempting to lift or move to a designated are. Failure to do so may cause property damage to equipment, product damage or personnel injuries.

Following these simple steps will assist in the prevention of damage, personal injury and may ultimately save a life. Always make safety your number one priority.