Wednesday, 19 October 2011


Driving a forklift is a serious responsibility. It is generally more difficult than driving a car. Forklifts are less stable due to the 3 points of suspension versus an automobile’s 4 point suspension. The back wheels do the turning as opposed to an automobile’s front wheels. Steering requires greater judgement and operating skills. Traffic patterns are not as uniform and predictable when driving a forklift as when driving an automobile. A fully loaded forklift can weigh hundreds or even thousands of pounds more than an automobile.

Types of Forklifts
Forklifts are classified by the 4 types of power sources used:
1. Gasoline
2. Diesel
3. Liquid Petroleum
4. Electrical

Forklifts are categorized by nationally recognized testing laboratories into 11 different designations. The designation is then labeled on each forklift. It is important to know the designation on the forklift you work with because it may not be compatible with the atmosphere in your work area.

Pre-Operation Inspection
1. A pre-operation inspection of the forklift is required at the beginning of each shift it is used. This is important because a mechanical breakdown or malfunction of a forklift during operation could create severe consequences for both you and your co-workers.
2. The pre-operation inspection should be conducted with a written check list. At the end of the inspection, the check list should be signed, dated and filed with your supervisor.
3.  NEVER operate a forklift that does not pass inspection.

Hazards in your Environment
You can prevent forklift accidents by being aware of the hazards in your work environment before operating a forklift. Hazards could include:
1. Potholes
2. Pedestrian Traffic
3. Narrow Aisle Ways
4. Overhead Obstructions
5. Wet, Oily, or Rough Surfaces
6. Other Equipment in the Area

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