Forklift Safety

Forklift Training
All employees that drive forklifts at the College are required to complete forklift safety training prior to operating a forklift.  Training includes discussion of steering, capacity, stability, refueling, controls, types of loads, ramps, surface conditions, hazardous locations, load manipulation, etc.  Hands-on driving demonstrations and evaluation of each operator's performance will be included.  This training is required prior to operating a forklift, to be repeated every three years, with annual evaluations.

Know Your Truck and Auxiliary Equipment
Inspect truck prior to use.

Know Your Loads and Carry Them Properly
Handle loads within rated capacity.  Handle only stable loads.  Keep load against carriage.  Tilt elevated load forward only when directly over loading place.   Travel with lifting mechanism raised only enough to clear ground or obstacles.

Know Your Operating Areas
Know critical clearance areas and location of pipes, wiring, etc.  Never drive into a trailer or railcar unless wheels are blocked.  Fill fuel tank or charge battery only in designated areas.

Protect Others and Yourself
Buckle up.  No riders.  Keep arms, legs, etc. inside the operator's compartment.   Allow no one under load or carriage.  When leaving truck, lower carriage completely, set parking brake, and shut off power.

If You Can't See, Don't Go
If forward visibility is obstructed, travel in reverse.  Sound horn at cross aisle and other areas where you can't see.  Watch clearances, especially forks, upright, overhead guard, and tail swing.

Use Common Sense
Avoid bumps, holes, slick spots, and loose materials.  Avoid sudden starts and stops.

Forklift Safety Information:

OSHA Forklift Safety