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    Safety Tips | Machinery

    Avoid forklift incidents

    May 1, 2012

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    Forklift trucks are powerful equipment, and employees can be seriously injured if safe operating procedures are not followed. To stay safe, OSHA advises forklift operators to:

    • Inspect forklifts before every use.
    • Perform regular maintenance checks on tires.
    • Establish safe procedures for loads, including picking up, putting down and stacking.
    • Turn off a forklift before performing maintenance.
    • Avoid overloading the forklift by following manufacturer guidelines on weight capacity.
    • Pick up loads with care.
    • Ensure a load is secured, carefully centered and distributed properly to maintain balance.
    • Ensure the forklift is at the correct height for picking up a load.
    • Wear the safety belt installed by the manufacturer.
    • Never engage in horseplay.
    • Never exceed 5 mph in congested or slippery areas.
    • Never drive too close to people standing in front of fixed or stacked objects.

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