Checking your Fork Truck for Safety
A fork truck, like any industrial machinery, must be utilized carefully. Unlike an automobile, a fork truck is steered from the back wheel and thus has a different center of balance. Anybody utilizing a fork truck and everyone working in the vicinity of this machinery should know safe operating procedures and workplace safety guidelines.
Safe operation of a lift truck before using it would involve a visual inspection. Fluid leaks and worn tires are potential dangers that an operator must check. The forks, lifts and the overhead guard should be thoroughly checked. The safety handle should be used only when the forklift is being mounted.
The horns, alarms and lights should be inspected to guarantee that they are operating well. Monitors and gauges should be adjusted correctly. Safety belt must be fastened and seat adjusted prior to starting the truck.
To avoid tipping the machinery, always choose the low rate speed when driving and take turns cautiously. If the load blocks the vision of the driver, the truck must be driven in reverse gear. Always be alert of the location of any pedestrians and obstacles when driving.
The operator must always sit in the cage enclosure and keep all parts of the body in the vehicle so as to prevent any possibility of injury. The forks should be kept several inches above the ground while driving. Never lower or raise lifts while you are driving or the truck could become unstable. Do not allow anyone to walk under lift when the engines are running.
Basic driving safety includes stopping at intersections and watching for approaching traffic. It is a great idea to sound the horn periodically and before proceeding when operating in aisles. That way, you would alert any approaching individual to your presence.