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.
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