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 […]
Operators and pedestrians have been killed or seriously injured due to forklifts rolling when unattended. Operators must put the park brake on even when they are just getting off the forklift for a brief time. If you must park your forklift on an incline, the wheels should be chocked as well. How to safely park a […]
Less product damage is an added benefit to professional forklift operator training. Operators need to be able to accurately judge: fork height, fork length, and tilt angle to avoid damaging loads. Broken pallets can further complicate safe handling. All subjects covered in our on-site forklift training.
A pre-use inspection of your forklift should include tires – with solid cushion tires you are looking for chunks of rubber missing, tread depth and debonding. Finally don’t forget to check if all lug nuts are present. How to do an inspection is part of our forklift operator training program.
Safe forklift driving in winter means extra precautions for operators. Consider that many forklifts have slick solid tires, totally unsuitable for ice or snow. Beware of propane forklifts being used indoors – even if it cold do keep the bay doors open so you can breathe. Dress appropriately for the temperature, and drive outdoors for […]
Professionally trained forklift operators are always smooth – this includes stopping, starting, lifting and tilting. How to be smooth? Use a light touch on the controls, don’t be ham-fisted on the levers or heavy footed on the pedals. A properly maintained forklift operated by a professional operator should be like a well-choreographed dance. Not only […]
Don’t be surprised if after taking our training program your forklift operators become more demanding about maintenance issues. Poorly maintained forklifts account for many workplace accidents. Using an unsafe forklift puts everybody at risk. The chain of command is clear – operators inspect the equipment, supervisors are responsible for ensuring they do that and the […]
Employees need forklift training because there is some type of forklift accident every day in North America. Forklifts are not cars. They weigh a lot more, steer from the rear and lift heavy items high up in the air. All this often happens in tight spaces in close proximity to other people. So there is […]
This is a subject which comes up again and again. So let’s set the record straight. The operator is responsible for inspecting the forklift before using. The supervisor is responsible for making sure they do so. The employer is responsible for getting it fixed. But . . . don’t make it just a box checking […]
April 28, 2016 is the National Day of Mourning for workers who died on the job. This may be something you don’t like to think about, but it is a very good reminder of why we all need to work safe, every day everywhere every second. WorkSafeBC resources on this are available here.