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5 Things You Need to Know About Forklift Safety

Modern Times Apr 2, 2019
If you are expected to operate a forklift, it's important to know how to keep yourself and others safe while doing your job. Here's how you can make sure you are working safely and within regulations. You can easily avoid a forklift accident with these safety tips.

Understand the Dangers

If you want to drive a forklift safely, you have to understand the dangers. While driving the forklift, you may not have a clear view of people around you.

Make sure your load is secured, you are maintaining a safe speed, and do not have anyone standing on the forks.

Get the Training

Forklift drivers need to complete forklift licence training in Brisbane. No one without a license should be operating the forklift.

Your employer should make sure you receive the proper training and should complete evaluations to ensure you are operating the forklift safely.

Take Precautions

While you drive, you are responsible for your safety and the safety of others. Make sure the forklift’s load is balanced, pay attention to where you’re driving, and use your horn when other people are in the area.

Have Others Assist You

If you are having difficulty maneuvering the forklift through our facility, grab a coworker and have him or her guide you.

Decide beforehand what signals you will use so that you can communicate. Don’t attempt to operate the forklift by yourself if a coworker can help you be safer.

Follow the Two-Feet Rule

If you stop the forklift to speak with a pedestrian, make sure you are at least two feet away from him or her.

This will make sure you and the pedestrian are staying safe while you speak and will reinforce the idea that the forklift is a serious piece of equipment.
Forklift operators and those who work in the same area as forklifts are at risk of serious injury if forklift safety is not taken seriously.

Don’t forget to stay safe.