Safe Forklift Operation

Course Description:

Operating a forklift is a big responsibility, and it’s one that requires you to pay attention to safety at all times. Forklifts are useful for moving heavy loads, but remember that they are powerful machines that can be extremely dangerous if operated incorrectly. This course is designed to help you become a better and safer forklift operator. If you’re an experienced operator, this course may remind you of safe habits and work practices that you might have forgotten. If you’re a new operator, this course will describe the operating practices you need to follow to be a safe operator. Reviewing this course by itself will not make you a good forklift driver. It’s up to you to put what you learn into practice so that you can become a safe and responsible operator.

Course Duration: 20 minutes

Why “Safe Forklift Operation” Matters:

Forklifts can be dangerous. In an average year, at least one worker per week is killed in a forklift accident, and sometimes more. Some of those who die are forklift operators, and others are employees working near forklift operations.

In addition to deaths, tens of thousands of forklift-related injuries occur each year. Most accidents and injuries could be prevented with specialized forklift safety training.

Key Points:

  • Know the main hazards of forklifts, which include pedestrians, environmental conditions in the workplace, and loading and unloading.
  • Position loads as close as possible to the vertical backrest.
  • Remember what you learned about the center of gravity of a load and the “stability triangle.”
  • Always conduct and document a preoperational inspection before operating a forklift.
  • Always follow the safe operating “rules of the road.”
  • And finally, refuel or recharge your forklift in properly ventilated areas, following all safety rules and wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

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