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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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