Forklift Safety Operational Tips

Below are simple operational tips you should follow to ensure your forklift works well and with minimum damages. The article provides you with essential safety tips that you can apply and properly adapt in your workplace safety and health guidelines.

But for more information, visit the for more technical details on operating forklifts. Here are some safe practices you should consider when handling the machine for smooth working in your production workshop.

Allow only qualified personnel

Operating this machine should only be done by someone with a proper understanding of the forklifts machines and with the certificates from a known operating school around. At your stage, you need profit by reducing expenses, and the only way to achieve this is by getting all your machines operated by a qualified person. Failure to do this you may end up in damages that increase your expense and minimize your profit.

forkliftWear correct clothing

Anyone operating this construction machinery is required to wear the right and appropriate safety work attire, which consists of a sturdy hat or helmet, industrial boots, and a work jacket. Avoid hanging clothes for they can expose the skin to outside danger and cause some injuries.

Ensure that before you hold any controls in the machine, your hands are grease-free to avoid sliding off and hitting the wrong controls that can lead to an accident.


Check the equipment

You must conduct a daily check on the equipment first before igniting the engine. Make sure that all brakes, controls, brakes, mast, warning devices, and tires are in excellent condition. And if you notice any malfunction, you should report to a nearby machine shop for a checkup.

It is wise to consider the load’s destination before lifting it up. Remember, the initial location you chose from your pickup point may seem convenient, but it may not be the correct one for stacking your load.

Turn on the forklift

For your safety, it is crucial that you make use of hand gears to secure your seat well in the vehicle. In case of any vibrations or bumps, make sure you have something to hold on to in order to keep you from falling off. Before turning the machine on, make sure you can reach all the controls and that all the control mirrors are adjusted to your desired preference. It is advisable that you fasten your safety belt and that your  whole body is safely inside the machine confines.

Operate at a controllable speed

forklift at workMake sure you do not operate the machine at high speed. Operate it within the speed limit and at a pace you can control when an emergency arises. Take your time and move around the corners slowly to minimize tipping risks. Remember that once you’re inside the forklift, every damage that will befall the machine will also be felt by you.

Do not overload

Never use the vehicle to support loads that are too heavy. As much as possible, try to load the machine only with a weight that it can surely carry.