Safety Tips on Handling Forklifts




Safety should never be compromised. Every operator must not only be extremely cautious in operating the machine, but also needs to inspect the condition of the unit before and after using it. This will ensure that no accidents or injury will take place, which will also incur additional cost that will disrupt your business.

To help you out, here are some tips on handling each part of your forklifts, and ensure your safety during operations:

Drive wheels or tires

Make sure that the tires of your forklift are properly inflated. On environments with very hot weather, overinflated tires may explode, so, keeping the right pressure of your tires is highly advisable. You must also keep in mind the proper weight capacity of the forklift and provide a few minutes to test if the tires have holes.

Lights, horns and flashers

These features of forklift are important, especially when operating indoors or at night. Operators must allot at least 10 minutes to test if all the functions are working. Ensure that hazard lights and flashers are properly working, and the horn is loud enough to easily warn personnel that a forklift is approaching.

Hydraulics, accessories, hoses and connections

You also have to check the accessories and the attachments of your machine, especially the fork. The back rest, lift cylinder, tilt cylinder and the mast – or the vertical support – which allows raising and lowering of loads, must be thoroughly inspected. This is to ensure that everything is properly oiled and are not malfunctioning to avoid damaging the load and causing accidents.


Aside from wearing the Personal Protective Equipment. You should always keep in mind of your own safety as the operator. (Safety will start within yourself) always check the cab or – The operator’s seat and the overhead guard and see if it is safe to board and well intact.

Fluid levels

Leaks can be a cause of problems. Check your fluid levels to ensure that there are no leaks on your fuel, oil pipes, hydraulics, and transmission. It is best to be proactive on inspecting your unit, so you will not encounter malfunctions as you operate.

One must be able to examine the parts listed above to maintain a forklift’s optimum performance. Otherwise, you may end up with problems that may eventually lead to a major catastrophe.

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