Duties of a Forklift Operator
Lift truck operators typically are employed in factories and warehouses. Their job is to transport supplies and loads from one location to another. They must be taught to safely operate the lift truck controls. Specialized training is a requirement. Operators should have a background check and pass a drug test.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that all forklift operators carry out a daily pre-shift lift truck check. Forklift driver training should comprise the proper performance of safety inspections to assure optimum functionality. An inspection should also be done at the end of every shift. Regular safety training must be undertaken on an annual basis.
Unloading and Loading
The forklift driver is tasked with the job of loading and unloading supplies in a timely and safe manner. This job also includes the stacking of materials in an organized way so they are accessible.
Weighing the supplies that are to be moved can be part of the forklift driver's duties.
The operator of the forklift will be in charge of quality control. They have to make sure that products do not sustain damage during transportation in the warehouse and orders are correct.
Forklift operators should have good skills in both attention and awareness. Operators have to be very concerned with the safety of both employees and pedestrians. The operator should find the safest way to deal with difficulties, like for example navigating a steep surface with a load. The driver will need to determine the route that is the safest. An operator's training will involve learning about the forces which may cause a forklift to tip over. The operator has to be very familiar with the design and safety ratings of the forklift unit which they are using. A forklift operator must be sensitive to the need for breaks to prevent fatigue. Accidents connected to lift trucks are more likely to occur when an operator is tired.