Publish Date: February 10, 2023
Author: Seubert
Tags: Blog - SeubertU

Ensuring Forklift Safety

Forklifts (also called powered industrial trucks) can be used to perform essential tasks in the workplace, but they are also quite dangerous. Driving a forklift is a serious responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Forklift drivers must be properly trained and follow all necessary safety procedures and precautions. If you are responsible for operating a forklift on-site, here are some basic safety practices to observe:

  • Make sure your driving path is clear at all times. Always give those on foot the right of way.
  • Slow down for corners, blind spots and doorways. Never try to turn on an incline.
  • Drive defensively by always being aware of your surroundings and watching for hazards.
  • Cross tracks diagonally and reduce your speed on uneven floors and surfaces.
  • Keep your legs, arms, feet, hands and head inside the forklift while driving.
  • Stay out from under forks and loads.
  • Don’t show off or use the forklift for anything other than your specified job tasks.
  • Avoid giving anyone a ride or allowing anyone who is untrained to operate the forklift.

For more forklift safety guidance, talk to your supervisor.