Fork Lift Truck Operators Safety Code

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  • Always carry out the pre-use safety inspection of the truck when using it for the first time in any shift.
  • Any equipment found to be faulty or decfective at any time must be parked safely and reported to the management.
  • Forklift operators should only operate those trucks which they are qualified and licensed to drive.
  • When mounting or dismounting follow the safe method taught to you during your training.
  • The last thing you do before you move off is "LOOK"
  • Keep your arms, legs and head inside the operators cab.
  • Never exceed the trucks safe working load.
  • Always position the load into the heel of the forks for stability. Do not attempt to move unstable loads.
  • Slow down where aisles cross: at sharp curves: ramps: blind corners: on the wet, slippery or uneven floors: in congested areas and when vision is limited or obstructed.
  • Never drive along with the forks raised and always lower before parking.
  • Watch out for pedestrians at all times.
  • Do not park on a ramp or incline.
  • Where your view is obstructed by the load being carried travel in reverse and look in the direction of travel.
  • Be aware of overhead obstructions when raising the forks or load.
  • Do not use damaged or defective pallets, stillages etc.
  • Forklift trucks should never be left unattended without first shutting off the power, removing the keys, neutralising the controls, setting the brakes and lowering the forks.