Before each shift, examine forklifts for safety purposes.
Avoid operating a vehicle that requires maintenance or repair (which should be provided by the respective qualified experts).
Inform the shift supervisor of any identified issues, problems, questions, or concerns.
Forklifts operate uniquely; since they steer from the rear, the back of the vehicle needs a wide sweep to turn.
Never leave an operating forklift unattended. Leaving keys in an unattended forklift or leaving the ignition of the vehicle on, is illegal, and has dire consequences as a safety hazard, even without the actual occurrence of an accident.
Know and never exceed the lifting capacity of the forklift.
Forklifts must follow designated roadways at the work site.
Work-site rules and regulations must be adhered to.
Keep hands and feet away from the cross members of the mast— should the mast be lowered and catch your hand, you’ll suffer from serious injury.
Forklifts need to be refueled— once they’ve been turned off—at designated and well-ventilated locations.
Forklifts which are not in use should be carefully parked, with the parking brake applied.