The Fundamentals of Forklift Safety
Forklifts are often used in busy areas such as warehouses where you will usually find other machinery in operation, as well as people on foot. With these factors in mind, safety is of paramount importance when operating a forklift or any other warehouse equipment. So what are the fundamentals when it comes to forklift safety?
Qualified staff only
It goes without saying that only people who are fully trained and qualified to use a forklift should be operating them. They should have an up-to-date, recognised forklift licence. Learning proper forklift safety is a key part of gaining your qualification and the implementation of this in day-to-day work is of great importance to prevent injury, damage and downtime.
A safe operating environment
All signs and site regulations should be adhered to at all times, the operating area should be kept clear of hazards, such as wet or slippery substances on the floor. There should be no obstructions, objects on the ground or any other machinery.
Anyone operating a forklift truck should wear a high-vis jacket, safety shoes and where necessary, a hard hat. Loose clothing or dangling fabric is also to be avoided, as there is a danger of snagging or interference with the controls.
Forklifts should be inspected before each use to check that they are in full working order. As well as daily inspections, your equipment should also have a valid, legally required, Thorough Examination and LOLER Certification where applicable.
When a forklift is to be parked at the end of a shift, it is essential that this is done safely. The truck should be parked in its designated place, the parking brake should be on and the forks fully lowered to the ground.
Making sure that the load being lifted is stable and secure is one of the most important elements of forklift safety. Make sure that loads are properly stacked and evenly distributed to prevent falling or tipping whilst being moved.
A forklift should always be switched off for recharging or refuelling. This should only take place in designated spaces and if you are refuelling an engine-powered truck, the area should be well-ventilated, free from sparks and flames.
If you would like to arrange a maintenance visit or Thorough Examination appointment to ensure that your forklift is in full working order, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Multy Lift. Call us on 01623 794 094 or complete an enquiry form.