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.
- Ensure your operators are conducting their pre-shift inspections and documentation. Download the operator’s checklist.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.