How to Stay Safe When Operating a Forklift
Sadly, every three days, someone in the US is killed or seriously injured while operating a forklift. Wisconsin Lift Truck strives to ensure your forklift operators stay as safe as possible by providing tips on how to ensure nothing dangerous or life threatening occurs in your workplace.
Track your maintenance schedule. If you don’t already have a scheduled maintenance program (SMP) in place for your fleet, consider it. Wisconsin Lift Truck has great SMPs and we work on every make, model and type of forklift. An SMP is put in place to detect problems before they occur, which if not previously detected, could result in an accident during operation.
Inspect your equipment prior to use. While scheduled maintenance plans occur every three to six months, it is still important to inspect your lifts for defects prior to each use. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries advises that employees check the horn, brakes, seat belts, lights and tires to make sure they are in proper working order. Also, check for any hydraulic leaks in the mast. If any defects are found, they must be corrected before use.
Keep your surface clear. Keep the surface of your workspace clear. A forklift hitting a wet, icy or oily patch could cause loss of steering control, resulting in an unplanned stop.
Need more safety tips or interested in our scheduled maintenance programs? Contact Wisconsin Lift Truck today!