Checking your Fork Truck for Safety
Like any industrial equipment, the fork truck must be operated with some care. Though, unlike a car, steering is done on the rear wheel giving the equipment a different center of balance. Anybody operating a fork truck and everyone working in the vicinity of this particular machinery has to understand workplace safety guidelines and safe operating procedures.
Safe operation of a forklift before using it would include a visual inspection. Fluid leaks and worn tires are potential dangers that an operator must check. The forks, lifts and the overhead guard must be inspected carefully. The safety handle must be used only when the forklift is being mounted.
The alarms, lights and horns must be tested to ensure that they are operating well. Monitors and gauges must be adjusted properly. Safety belt should be fastened and seat adjusted before starting the truck.
Taking cautious turns and choosing a lower rate of speed will help the operator avoid tipping the machinery. If the load blocks the driver's vision, the truck must be driven in reverse gear. Be aware of the location of any pedestrians and obstacles when driving.
The driver must always sit in the cage enclosure and keep all body parts in the vehicle to prevent any risk of injury. The forks must be kept a few inches above the floor when driving. Never raise or lower lifts when you are driving or the truck might become unstable. Never allow anybody to walk under lift when the engines are running.
Basic driving safety involves stopping at intersections and watching for approaching traffic. It is really a good idea to sound the horn periodically and before proceeding when operating in aisles. That way, you would warn any approaching person to your presence.