Forklift Safety Tips for Operators

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As an operator of a forklift in the Philippines, a lot of dangers can happen because of its huge size. Therefore, these are the tips all operators should follow while driving this vehicle.

Examine forklift before your shift

Forklift inspection will help you see if your vehicle is safe enough to drive and if it needs future repairs.

Things you need to inspect for are:

  • Fluid leaks
  • Damaged wheels
  • Loose bolts
  • Overhead damages
  • Broken seatbelt and controls

 

Make sure you are fit to drive

Besides having an operator license, these are things you need to do to make sure you are fit to drive for the day:

  • Check if you have all your required safety gear
  • You should not have wet shoes and clothing
  • Check if your hands feel slippery, because it will be hard to hold the controls if they do
  • Your clothing should fit your perfectly or else it can get stuck on truck parts

 

Maintain clear visibility at all times

Sometimes the load your forklift in the Philippines is carrying may obstruct your view. To make sure you are able to see surroundings clearly, you can:

  • Carry the load low to the floor
  • If you need to, drive in reverse except when you are on a ramp
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help

 

Be aware of your surroundings

You are not only in charge of your own safety, but also in charge of the safety of the people and things around you.

 

To drive safely around everyone and everything, you should:

  • Always alert people with the forklift’s horn
  • Ride in designated driveways for your vehicle
  • Do not lose control when driving
    • Avoid sharp turns. Sudden ones can make load fall on people and make the forklift tip over
    • Check for warning hazards in the street and floor
    • Follow speed limit stated in the forklift
  • Keep a safe distance. To know that you are in a safe distance from other people and vehicle, make sure that the distance allows you to stop the vehicle safely if needed.

Never exceed the loading capacity of your forklift

Each forklift was created with a limit to how much load it can carry at maximum. To know its load capacity, check the data plate in the vehicle.

The plate should contain these facts:

  • Maximum lift height
  • Load distance center (how far it can carry something)
  • Rating of the lift height when a mast is used
  • Rating of load capacity

If you make your forklift carry too heavy load regularly, you will be faced with these concerns:

  • Vehicle may tip over, thus, injuring the driver.
  • Load gets spilled to the ground after forklift tips over
  • Forklift parts gets damaged
    • Link of chains weaken and stretch
    • Heel of the fork becomes ineffective due to fatigue
    • Rear axle breaks

 

Key Takeaway:

Forklift operators need to prioritize safety whenever they operate this vehicle because its huge size can cause problems.  Not prioritizing safety may lead to the forklift carrying things beyond their capacity, and damaging the things and people in their surroundings. Lastly, operators and the vehicles themselves can get damaged by safety hazards.

 

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