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In this post, we give an overview of some general forklift safety tips. Safety is an essential component of operating your forklift truck, as a safety incident can have absolutely catastrophic effects on your business.
- First of all, you should make sure not to let anyone under 18 years of age operate a forklift truck. This is something that should be taken very seriously; if you are a seasoned vet, you may not think twice about operating a forklift, but with the heavy lifting comes a high level of responsibility that is simply too much for minors to handle.
- While operating a forklift truck, make sure that you remain seated at all times. Even if you have all the muscle memory in the world, standing up simply creates greater risk of falling.
- Be mindful of the weight limit, and elevate a worker only when they’re secure. If a worker is lifted while they’re in an off-balance position, the risk of injury increases substantially. Every year there are roughly 100 workers killed and 20000 seriously injured from forklift accidents, and every one of these incidents was preventable.
- There are some forklift accessories you should be buying to enhance safety. One of the most useful is the Accu-Tilt, an instrument that measures the fork lift’s level of tilt at all times. It gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your fork lift is balanced, and it is one of the smartest purchases you can make at Forklift Accessories.
- Lift Truck Safety Stickers are another wise purchase. At under $15, the safety stickers are not only a great way of informing the public about existing safety hazards, but they are also a great way of building muscle memory and making sure that workers memorize safety protocol. A sticker reminding workers to fasten their seatbelt or complete a pre-shift inspection can pay dividends if and when it helps prevent an accident.
Finally, it is important to realize that even if you feel like you’ve absorbed all the safety information there is to know, you should always make sure to follow a careful safety routine and update your safety equipment whenever necessary. There is no substitute for following proper safety procedures.