Forklift operators need to have excellent eyesight. They have to stack on high racks, spot pedestrians and other vehicles in their path and constantly judge clearances. So if your eyes are not great don’t drive a forklift. If you need glasses to drive your car then use them on the forklift. If your baseball cap obscures your vision, wear it backwards or take it off. If you have plywood or non-transparent material on the overhead guard, remove it. If you are driving in low visibility use your lights. These are simple steps to take that may avoid you hitting something or someone. It’s what you don’t see that you may collide with.
This is a classic example of a badly parked forklift. Forks are a serious tripping hazard for everybody. You an easily break your ankle or be cut by incorrectly positioned fork tips. All forklift training programs must cover correct parking and shutdown procedures. And guess who most often falls over the forks – the operator! […]Read more
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