Safety Tips Machinery

Avoid forklift incidents

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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