TEN TIPS FOR SAFE FORKLIFT OPERATION
Training is important!
A one-time initial training course is not enough, as quick learners can also quickly forget. Regular refresher courses serve to keep employees safe, even if there are attendance systems.
Daily checks prior to the shift
Before any truck is started, it must undergo a thorough inspection, including any necessary safety checks, to ensure that it is in working order. Any problem or defect should be reported to the supervisor on duty. Trucks that are not in good operating condition should be shut down and taken out of service to prevent any accidental use.
Know your route
Drivers should know in advance the routes they will take and the potential dangers they may encounter. Other things to consider are the different heights of clearance, the condition, and position of the ramps that you will need to negotiate and maneuver around or over difficult surfaces such as train tracks. The general rule of thumb is the easiest route is always the best. Whenever possible, avoid potholes, uneven areas, wet or icy ground, and tight corners. ELOprotect can help here: Our officially recognized mobile personnel protection system has been designed primarily for trucks working in narrow aisles. Mounted directly on the vehicle, it uses smart laser technology to monitor the travel area. If a hazard is detected, the truck's speed is automatically reduced, or it can come to a complete stop. And to ensure maximum safety for free-roaming forklifts, we developed ELOshield. This innovative radio assistance system offers 360 ° protection for personnel.
Load stability: keep it stable
Don't risk a nasty surprise (or worse) from an unstable load. Always check for stability and symmetry before lifting loads. They should be placed as far back on the forks as possible and secured and rechecked before departing. Also, avoid sudden braking and steering maneuvers while driving and never leave the cab when there is a high load. Ramps can be particularly challenging. Loaded forklifts should be operated with the load pointing up the ramp and when descending a ramp with a load, always travel in reverse, again with the forks and load pointing up.
Know your limits!
Every driver must know the maximum capacity of the truck he is operating to avoid the risk of tipping (the truck's nameplate will show the maximum weight that can be lifted at a given height and at a given load center). If a truck rolls forward or to one side, the advice is to stay calm and stay in the cab.
See and be seen
Make sure visibility is clear and unobstructed by transporting the load as close to the ground as possible. If your vision is restricted, it is recommended to travel in reverse, albeit slowly and carefully. The driver should always be aware of pedestrians who may be in the vicinity, particularly in areas with a high level of human traffic, such as intersections, corners, near stairs, and driveways. Use your horn to alert others to your presence.
Slower = more secure
Forklifts are not designed to travel at high speeds, although some can reach 40 km / h. Always remember that slower = more secure. The characteristics of loaded vehicles are different from those of an unloaded ones. The vehicle responds slowly and the load center shifts forward. Never exceed walking speed when traveling with a load. The radar-based ELO speed system can help drivers stay within designated limits - its sensors automatically reduce a truck's speed as it transitions from outdoor to indoor operation and allows it to shift back to a higher gear once out of the warehouse. The ELOshield assistance system also has zone-based automatic speed control as one of its features.
Turn off when refueling (Only if it is the case)
Forklifts should only refuel in specially designated areas. The engine must be off, and smoking is not allowed. As with any gas station, any open flame or spark is a serious risk.
Calculate the risks of attachments
Accessories such as cages or work platforms must be approved, and "homemade" or improvised devices should never be used. Consider the effect any accessory can have on the truck's handling, capacity, and changed dimensions.
Don't run home
Everyone is looking forward to the end of the workday. But before you leave, be sure to park your truck in a designated area, lower the forks to the ground, and set the parking brake. Remove the keys and store them properly.
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