One piece of equipment more commonly utilized in the work area is a forklift. They are quite handy for lifting hefty loads with ease and precision. However, while a forklift has a lot of strength behind it, there are precautions you have to take to use them without getting hurt. Here are a few tips you should follow if you want to use your forklift more safely.
Make Sure Operators Are Trained
No one should be operating a forklift unless they have the proper training first. Did you know that there are around 35,000 severe injuries and 85 fatal accidents caused by forklifts each year? On top of that, around 1 in every 4 of those accidents is a result of people not being sufficiently trained. By getting workers the proper training before using a forklift, they’ll know how to pilot one properly to avoid accidents.
Wear the Right Clothing
Forklift operators need to be wearing the proper attire to safely operate a forklift. The clothing they should be wearing includes hard hats, safety shoes, and a jacket that can be easily noticed. Also, there should be no loose clothing because you run the risk of your clothes getting caught in the forklift, which can get you seriously hurt.
Understanding the Forklift Class
There are many types of forklifts available. Each one is built differently from the next, varying in weight, turn radius, and speed among other things, Knowing which type of forklift you’re using is vital to understanding what safety practices you have to follow to ensure the safety of yourself and your coworkers.
Check Your Equipment Daily
You should inspect your forklift every day before using it. This allows you to detect problems while they’re still small and manageable. If you don’t keep an eye on your forklift’s condition, problems can start to grow without your knowledge, and before you realize it, you can run into much more severe problems. This not only increases the chances of an injury occurring, but it can often cost you more money since bigger problems will cost more to fix.
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SLEC has been a supplier of heavy-duty mobile column lifts and accessories for over 30 years. We are the preferred supplier in the industry because of the high standards we set for ourselves. We go above and beyond to provide excellent service to our customers. We manufacture all our products in the US, and we are BUY American Compliant. Our heavy-duty mobile lifts are used in fleet maintenance garages all across the US. Contact us to find how our mobile column lifts and accessories can help your maintenance facility! You can contact us here or call us at 800-826-3486. Also, don’t forget to check out SLEC, Inc. on Facebook and LinkedIn.