6 of the most important forklift safety tips

As a forklift operator, there are many safety tips you must follow to prevent an accident and injuries. Just the same, if you work in close proximity to moving forklifts, you should be on your toes at all times.

Here are six of the most important forklift safety tips you can follow:

  • Don't operate a forklift unless you're qualified and licensed: It's easy to believe you know what you're doing, but it only takes one mistake to cause an accident. Only licensed individuals should operate a forklift.
  • Examine the forklift before using it: You may find that the vehicle requires maintenance or some form of repair before you can safely use it. If you identify any issues, such as a missing part or some form of damage, notify your supervisor and avoid using the forklift.
  • Don't leave the keys in an unattended forklift: Not only does this give unqualified individuals access to the vehicle, but there's also a chance it could shift into drive or drop a load.
  • Don't exceed the lifting capacity: Every forklift has a lifting capacity, and you must know what it is before picking up a load.
  • Follow company rules and regulations for operating a forklift: Your company should have rules in place to govern how and when you use a forklift. Don't ignore these rules, as they're in place for a reason. An example of a rule is the steps you should take to alert others that the vehicle is in use.
  • Don't give other people rides: It sounds like fun, but letting someone ride on a forklift is an accident waiting to happen. If someone suggests this, let them know that it's a safety hazard.

A forklift may not move as fast as a motor vehicle, but an accident can still cause serious injuries or even death.

If you're involved in a forklift accident at work, stop what you're doing to report the incident and receive medical treatment.

Once you understand your injuries and speak with your medical team about your long-term prognosis, you can learn more about the accident. This will help you understand your legal rights, such as whether you can file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. If you're in need of advice or guidance, visit our website for more information.

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