The safe operation of powered industrial trucks is something
that is often taken for granted. But taking anything to do
with safety for granted is most unwise. So it's important
to review safety practices relating to forklift operation,
in order to protect you and your co-workers. Here are basic
rules that must be observed:
. Know the maximum load limit of a lift and
never permit an overload.
. Make sure the load is secure before you
. Check your machine thoroughly before starting
it and report any malfunctions.
. Travel with the fork or pallet only a few
(four to six) inches off the floor, and never raise or lower
a load while traveling.
. Never travel if your view is obstructed.
. Keep the load in the front on an upgrade
and in the back on a downgrade.
. Don't exceed the fixed speed limits.
. Never allow others to ride with you.
. Never engage in horseplay or "trick"
. Follow established traffic patterns, such
as four-way stops at intersections.
. Sound the horn only when necessary; don't
try to frighten pedestrians.
. Observe backup rules and make sure the
alarm is working.
. Don't use forks to align or straighten
. Don't stand under a load while it's being
raised or lowered-or allow anyone else to do so.
. When the vehicle is parked, lower the forks,
keeping them as close to the ground as possible.
. When refueling your truck, shut the engine
off and don't smoke. Remember that batteries should be serviced
only in designated areas.
If a powered industrial truck operates on liquefied
petroleum gas, the following specific precautions must be
. Before starting the motor, always check
for gas leaks.
. When exchanging fuel containers, do not
disconnect the tank until you have shut off the fuel supply.
Run the engine to make sure all the system's fuel has been
. If the truck is out of use for an extended
period of time, close the hand valve and make certain the
fuel system is dry.
. Never park the truck near intense heat
or flammable materials.
. Don't try to connect the gas tank when
gas is escaping from the connecting point. Connections should
be performed outdoors if possible.
The professionalism of you powered industrial
truck operators-the ability to perform your jobs efficiently,
alertly, and safely-deserves to be a source of pride. And
it will continue to be so as long as you don't let that pride
turn into overconfidence, which can threaten the safety of
your co-workers and yourselves.