8 Simple Forklift Rules for Your Safety

cover forklift operators manualForklift operators need to remember specific rules for safety while they are working. Some may be more important in your workplace and you may know of some others that are only necessary where you work. In either case, supervisors need to know all the rules to help forklift operators stay safe.

Remember, while your operator’s manual is a great source of forklift information, it is not a training manual for new operators. Lift trucks are so much different than cars that even experienced automobile drivers need formal training, and OSHA requires it!

Many of these rules are in the OSHA, ANSI, National Safety Council, and other publications are in your operator’s manual. However, not all the information you need will in your manual, so please study them when setting your work rules.

Use the operator section of your operator’s manual as a starter to develop workplace rules that keep your plant safe. Call meetings with your people to explain your rules — post them where they can be read and enforce them.

8 Forklift Rules for Safety

  1. Daily Check: OSHA requires daily or each shift checks of major equipment, perform them!
  2. Don’t operate faulty equipment. Report problems and tag machine so others will not use it.
  3. Capacity: Capacity is based on load and length of load. Either condition in excess can cause loads to fall or tip a truck over.
  4. Maintenance: Operators are to perform only authorized simple maintenance such as charging the battery or checking fluid levels. Authorized, specially trained mechanics are needed to repair trucks. Park a truck that needs to be repaired. Don’t risk injury by trying to fix it.
  5. Truck Application: Know the ways your truck can operate safely. Don’t try to operate on rough ground.
  6. Ramps/Inclines: Travel loaded with load uphill at all times. Never turn or park on an incline.
  7. Stay Protected: Don’t travel with legs, arms or head outside the overhead guard. Watch for long objects that could come into the compartment as you travel. Never put hands or feet through the mast.
  8. Rules of the road: Unless directed otherwise by your employer, signs, etc., keep right; no passing at intersections or other dangerous places. Use horn only when necessary for signaling. Give pedestrians right-of-way.

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