Forklift Safety Rule 1


Safety Clothing


Rule 1. Safety Clothing and Training

Only operators who have completed the forklift operation skill training may operate the forklift. Wear designated work clothes and protective devices.

Rule 2. Pre-Operational Inspection
Forklift Safety Rule 2

Pre-Operational Inspection

Inspect the forklift before starting work and inform the supervisor immediately if there is any problems. Contact service provider for repairs or modifications.

Forklift Safety Rule 3

Fasten Seat Belt

Before operating the forklift fasten your seat belt.

Rule 3. Fasten Seat Belt

Rule 1

Rule 2

Rule 3

Rule 4. Drive Within Speed Limit
Forklift Safety Rule 4

Drive Within Speed Limit

Always operate the forklift at a speed that is appropriate for the environment. Observe the work site rules and operate the forklift safely.

Rule 4

Forklift Safety Rule 5

Avoid Hazards

Rule 5

Do not drive over objects such as pieces of wood scattered on the ground. Doing so could cause the load to shift or the operator to lose control.

Rule 5. Avoid Hazards
Rule 6. Unstable Loads
Forklift Safety Rule 6

Rule 6

Unstable Loads

Stacke the load on the pallets and skid safely and properly. Use prevention measures such as ropes or binders is required. Do not carry unstable loads.

Rule 7. Don't Use Fork Tips
Forklift Safety Rule 7

Rule 7

Don't Use Fork Tips

Do not use the tips of the fork as a lever to raise a heavy loads. Do not push a load with the tips of the fork, and do not use the tilt cylinder to pull a load.

Forklift Safety Rule 8

Rule 8

Use Stable Pallets

Use pallets and skids that can withstand the weight of the load. Do not use damaged, deformed or decayed pallets and skids.

Rule 8. Use Stable Pallets
Rule 9. Use Helper in Narrow Spaces
Forklift Safety Rule 9

Rule 9

Use Helper in Narrow Spaces

Assign a helper at narrow places and make sure to predetermined signals to be used. The forklift operator must follow the signals given by the helper.

Forklift Safety Rule 10

Rule 10

Look Left and Right and Sound Horn

If the view is obstructed, always stop once, sound horn, and look left and right before proceeding.

Rule 10. Look Left and Right and Sound Horn
Rule 11. Keep Forks Low
Forklift Safety Rule 11

Rule 11

Keep Forks Low

Do not travel with the forks higher than a foot from the floor, and never travel or turn with the forks in an elevated positions or tilted forward.

Rule 12. Clear Visibility
Forklift Safety Rule 12

Rule 12

Clear Visibility

If visibility is obstructed, a lookout helper may be required. Drive carefully when backing.

Rule 13. No Riders
Forklift Safety Rule 13

Rule 13

No Riders

A forklift is built for only one person. It is dangerous for any one to ride on the forks or anywhere else on the forklift.

Rule 14. No Hands on Mast
Forklift Safety Rule 14

Rule 14

No Hands on Mast

Do not place hands or feet on the cross members of the mast. Your hand will be serverd if the mast is lowered while your hand is on it.

Forklift Safety Rule 15

Rule 15

Slow Down When Turning

Travel slowly when turning. Forklifts can tip over even at very slow speeds. The combination of speed and the sharpness of a turn can cause a tip over.

Rule 15. Slow Down When Turning
Rule 16. Special Care for Special Loads
Forklift Safety Rule 16

Rule 16

Special Care for Special Loads

Take special care when carrying a long or wide load. Turn and work slowly to prevent the load from shifting. Make sure the load is balanced.

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To help ensure safe forklift operation, we have compiled 16 top tips.

This is for quick reference only. For detailed information regarding forklift safety and onsite support and training to ensure compliance with evolving health and safety regulations, contact your forklift service partner.
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