This one is for managers to think about. We all like to be good neighbours but what if the warehouse next door wants to borrow your forklift (because their own is broken, perhaps)? Are their operators trained? Who is liable if their operator has an accident on your machine? While a good neighbour does not bring in a lawyer to draft a contract for this kind of exercise, some questions should be asked before you just say yes.
An important part of our training program includes a pre use safety inspection of the forklift. Operators often forget or feel pressured to miss this key step to safety. But it is crucial that it gets done and done properly. If it’s not safe, don’t use it, tag it out and report it to your […]Read more
Driving a forklift outdoors in the summer can make you really hot. There is no air con, and if your overhead guard has a plexiglass cover you feel like you are in greenhouse, plus the engine is right under your butt. Employers make sure you give these drivers a break. Heat exhaustion leads to accidents. […]Read more
The safe speed for a forklift is one that will allow a controlled stop at all times. A controlled stop is one that involves hitting nothing and not losing the load. What this means is that operators need to take into account the load, the ground conditions, the forklift’s tires and brake condition as well […]Read more