Helpful Forklift Safety Resources

Today is National Forklift Safety Day and we wanted to share with you some helpful resources that can assist in keeping your workplace safe and productive.

  1. Ensure your operators are conducting their pre-shift inspections and documentation. Download the operator’s checklist.
  2. Here are some best practices to help guide your operators in their day-to-day tasks:

    Safety Rules For Forklift Entry:

    • Always check hands and feet for grease or oil before entering.
    • Use the three-point method: grab the assist grip with your left hand and the hip restraint with your right hand.
    • Avoid grabbing the steering wheel.

    Best Practices:

    • Always use the lift truck’s operator seat belt or restraint system.
    • Stay inside the operator compartment, and never reach into moving parts of the truck.
    • Obey all company safety rules and posted traffic signs – including speed limits.
    • Keep a clear view of the path of travel.
    • Start, stop and change directions smoothly.
    • Sound the horn and slow down when approaching intersections, blind corners, door and ramp openings, pedestrians and other vehicles, and when backing up.
    • When traveling, keep the forks in a low position that provides adequate clearance over the surfaces you will travel.
    • Maintain a safe distance from the edge of docks.
    • Operators should always wear the required protective clothing and equipment for your application, such as steel-toed shoes and a safety vest.
    • Ensure all operators are properly trained and certified to operate a lift truck.


  3. To help ensure your fork are both performance ready and safe to carry load, here is a Promatch produced video to help you comply with the ANSI/ITSDF B56.1-2012 fork standards.

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