5 Times Not to Use a Forklift
By : Renee Cocchi
Forklifts can be great aids in getting work done. But the potential for injury or death is ever-present. Make sure your workers know they shouldn’t use a forklift if …
- They haven’t been trained. First and foremost, training is essential. Workers can’t do “a quick job” or “just one thing” with a forklift without first having gone through all the necessary training and certification processes.
- It hasn’t been inspected. Regular inspections to make sure the lift is safe and in good working order are a must.
- The area isn’t clear. Make sure your path is unobstructed and pedestrians are aware the lift will be in operation and are able to get out of the way.
- The manual is missing. Operations manuals must remain on premises in the cab of the forklift at all times.
- Anything seems off. Workers may have the feeling something’s wrong, but not speak up. That’s unacceptable. Make sure they feel comfortable finding a Supervisor or other safety pro to ask for advice or questions before you let them take on this task.