Whether it’s your first day or you’re a seasoned forklift operator, safety should always be a priority. Adopting safe working procedures in daily operations not only helps keep everyone that you work with, including yourself, out of danger, but also promotes a healthy and productive workplace.
We at Stellar Machinery want to help make sure that you remain safe while doing the important job of operating a forklift. We are a company that specialises in the sale and hire of forklifts and parts. Read some of our tips for safety below!
Stay Up to Date on Safety
It is important to attend any training or information sessions that you can to stay up to date on industry-leading workplace safety. With the constant changing of technology, new safety ideologies and methods are adopted and old ones are put aside. If you’re still operating on old methods, you may be putting yourself and others at risk.
In addition, a forklift operator should have certifications in various material handling capacities. It is never a bad idea to brush up on these skills regularly.
Inspect Equipment Before Use
Diligence is an important factor of safety. Don’t let anything slip through the cracks. Before you use a forklift, make sure all parts are safe to operate by systematically inspecting every part that has the possibility of giving you grief while you operate. These include:
- Fuel and voltage levels: to avoid machine malfunction, collateral damage to goods or injury.
- Hydraulic oil: to allow forklift to raise and lower lift platforms throughout operation.
- Belts and pulleys: to ensure safe operation.
Be aware of the happenings of the floor at all times. Keep your eyes open and constantly survey the area for any potential dangers or hazards. Certainly make sure your hands are always free in case of an emergency and to avoid distraction. This means no holding any food, drink or electrical devices while on the floor.
Don’t Forget to Communicate
A workplace should function as a team. Everyone needs to work together, and to do this, everyone must communicate effectively. This does not necessarily mean you have to be good at getting your ideas across via the spoken word. For example, try using lights and signals to communicate to crew members. Or get a backup alarm to alert anybody in close range that the forklift operator is backing up.
Don’t be bashful about conveying intent, and instead always maintain verbal communication with co-workers whenever possible. This is the most effective and the fastest way to go about any operation.
Stellar Machinery wants you to help you work in a safe environment. If you need any further tips about forklift safety, or are just in the market for a new or used forklift, please contact us today.