5 Top Tips to Prevent a Forklift Accident
Forklifts are a frequently used and essential piece of equipment on many sites. Being aware of how to operate them safely can save a company money by preventing unnecessary accidents, not to mention potentially saving lives. That is why here at Commander Handling we have come up with our simple top tips to prevent a forklift accident.
Don’t load beyond capacity
If you load your truck beyond its graded weight capacity, it could cause it to become top heavy and immediately tip. Take care to place a weight-bearing load as far back on the truck as possible for extra stability.
Don’t hitch a ride
Unless a truck is specifically designed to hold more than one operator, don’t let other people onto the forklift, even if just for a short trip.
Slow and steady wins the race
As the steering, unlike cars, is at the rear of the vehicle, the forklift will swing in a wide arc at any turn. It is important that the operator turns and stops smoothly without any sudden jerking actions, as any quick movements when operating a forklift may throw the truck off balance and cause it to tip.
Wear a seatbelt
Wearing a seatbelt will prevent the operator from being thrown from the forklift in the event of the vehicle tipping over. Instead they will be protected by the sturdy frame of the forklift.
Be vigilant at all times when operating a forklift, watch for any potential obstructions or pedestrians that may cross your path. Pay particular attention to where you place your hands and feet, the several gears and wheels that could be exposed on the truck can catch if the driver is not careful.
Commander Handling supply specialist material handling systems to businesses nationwide, if you have any inquires don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team on 01924 827400.