Safe working practices
The worker should do the following when operating the forklift :

  • Know the recommended load limit of the forklift and never exceed it. 

  • Know how to assess the weight of the load to be lifted. 

  • do a visual and operational check of the forklift at the start of the shift. 

  • Check for adequate overhead clearance before raising the load. 

  • Operate the equipment smoothly when stopping, starting, lifting and tilting. 

  • Know the blind spots of the lift truck with and without a load. 

  • Keep pedestrians away from a forklift in operation. 

  • Stop when anyone crosses the route being travelled. Lower the load to the floor, and wait until clear. 

  • Operate only as fast as conditions safely permit. 

  • when mounting and dismounting lift truck, Remain alert and prepare for the unexpected. 

  • Note anything that affects the normal operation of the forklift and tell the supervisor immediately.
  • Keep hands, arms, head, feet and legs inside the confines of a moving forklift. 

  • Report any collisions, damage or near-miss incidents to a supervisor immediately.