Common sense isn’t always common practice.
Many times, we know what to do and don’t do it.
As important as it is to exercise common sense in everyday life, it’s especially important on the job.
If you operate heavy machinery, especially forklifts, one of the most important safety devices you have is your brain.
Be sure to put your brain in gear well before putting your forklift in drive.
The Nitty Gritty
- Watch your speed.
- Use the seat belt.
- Check your mirrors.
- Don’t walk under a raised load or let anyone else walk under it.
- Stop at blind corners and honk.
- Watch for pedestrians.
- When driving, keep the forks about 6 inches off the floor.
- When parked, make sure the lift is in neutral, the parking brake is on, and the forks are on the floor
- Don’t overload your lift! It’s better to make two trips than have an accident.
- Make sure your lift is always well maintained. Check the oil, hydraulics, tires, etc. on a regular basis.
While every forklift operator should be well trained, common sense plays a large role in preventing accidents.
So be sure to make common sense common practice the next time you drive your lift!