Don’t fool around with forklifts

This is a real WorkSafeBC incident report: “Three workers entered a work yard as a forklift operator was loading a semi-trailer. The three workers communicated to the forklift operator that they were all in a safe position but one worker snuck up behind the forklift to scare the operator. The forklift was in reverse, and […]

Forklift safety – look at the big picture

Employers, forklift operators, co-workers please remember that forklift safety is everybody’s responsibility, as summarized in the regulations.  This means that operator training should be part of a larger comprehensive lift truck safety program that includes ongoing identification and prompt correction of hazardous situations; as well as monitoring and supervision to ensure that lift trucks are operated in […]

Forklift safety training tip

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! […]

Forklift load safety and operator training

Unstable loads are dangerous and can cause injuries.  Even a light box flying off the forks or falling from height is going to harm pedestrians in its path.  Forklift operator training must cover load safety. Operators need to be able to assess if a load is within the capacity of the forklift, stable on the […]

Forklift training reduces product damage

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.  

Forklift safety and speed

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 […]

Forklifts and pedestrian safety

Thousands of pedestrians are injured by forklifts every year.  Ideally pedestrians and forklifts should not be sharing the same space, but in the real working world it is not always possible to separate them.  So what can an employer do?   Train the forklift operators and educate the pedestrians.  Although pedestrians have the right of […]

Thank you to all our customers!

Thank you to all the forklift and aerial lift operators we have trained in 2017 – from Campbell River to Parksville, Vancouver, Sechelt and beyond.  Wishing you happy and safe holidays from Martin’s Forklift Training.  Remember drive it slow, keep it low and look behind before you go and always be a “smooth operator”.