Forlift Training, What is There to Know about Safety?
Forklifts are common pieces of equipment, used in many different businesses and companies for many diverse reasons. So, for those wishing to learn to operate a forklift, UK Industries Training can now proudly announce that they are now offering RTITB forklift training – at their own training centre or on a site of your convenience! Don’t hesitate to call 0115 880 0188 with your requirements today… But for now, here’s some of UK Industries Training’s top tips on forklift safety:
- Forklift operators must be qualified
Now, this may seem like too simple a tip! However, it is worth mentioning that forklifts should only be operated by individuals who have been properly trained, authorised and licensed to do so. Forklifts can be dangerous machines and can injure or even kill people when not used correctly.
- Wear appropriate clothing
It is important to consider the fact that any loose clothing could become caught on the machinery, potentially causing an accident! Therefore, it is advised that forklift operators wear reasonably fitted clothing, as well as a high visibility jacket, safety shoes and a hard hat when appropriate.
- Before you begin, check your forklift
You should always preform a routine check of your forklift before using it. By checking for any faults in the brakes, steering, controls, warning devices, masts and tyres you could help to prevent any accidents or potentially injuries in the work place. If any problems arise as you are checking your forklift, then you should not attempt to operate the machine, as you may endanger yourself or others by doing so.
- Getting Started
When climbing into a forklift, it is vital that a forklift operator uses the steps and hand grabs, to ensure that they are seated in the forklift safely. Then, make sure that the seat and mirrors in the forklift are adjusted appropriately, to satisfy the operator’s needs. Make sure that the safety belt is fastened and that your arms, legs and head are kept within the confines of the forklift at all times.
- Be Aware
So, now you’re trained, dressed appropriately and safely inside your forklift, you must begin to consider the surrounding environment. This is a critical element in forklift safety, as you must follow all the work site rules, regulations and restrictions and only operate your forklift on delegated roadways. Perhaps most importantly, look out for other employees working around your forklift.
- Take it slow
Make sure to always take note of the designated speed limits when operating your forklift. Do not start, stop, turn corners or change direction suddenly as the forklift could potentially tip over.
- Avoid hazards in the workplace
Hazards could include: uneven ground, slippery surfaces, lose objects lying on the floor, pedestrians and even other forklifts. If you anticipate a potential hazard make sure to slow down and keep enough space to stop safely if needed.
- Loading the forklift
Check your load before picking it up with the forklift, ensuring that it is well-balanced and stable; unbalanced loads could fall and cause damage. Use ropes or bindings to secure the load if necessary. The load should be tilted back as far as possible on the forks and travel with the forks as close to the ground as is possible because this will improve the stability of the forklift. Also, be aware of any overhead obstructions that you may encounter whilst operating the forklift and be alert to the possibility of a load falling.
- Appropriate loads
Forklifts are for carrying loads only, not people! Ensure that others do not attempt to ride the forks on your fork lift, as they could be seriously endangering themselves or others. It is important that the forklift is not over-loaded and that loads are evenly distributed; an overload or uneven distribution of weight could cause the forklift to tip over dangerously.
- When you’re finished
When you’re finished using your forklift please park it in the correct area, fully lowering the forks and applying the handbrake. Simply turn off the forklift and remove the key and you’re done!
So if you’re interested in operating a forklift and think that you’ve grasped the basics of forklift safety, why not call UK Training Industries on 0115 880 0188 and get started today!