The majority of forklift truck drivers are well trained, safety-conscious and used to handling their machines on a regular basis. However, a forklift is a type of heavy machinery and operating one, regardless of whether it is used inside a warehouse or outside, must be always be done so with caution and safety in mind. There are some common mistakes which can occur when a forklift truck is in operation – below are our top 7 mistakes to look out for and how to avoid them.

1. OVERTURNING

Don’t carry loads at dangerous heights whilst on the move. Remember to always keep a load low when travelling at faster speeds.

2. FALLING FORKLIFTS

Not taking care in the loading area can result in a fall from a great height. To avoid vehicle movements in the dock, remove the driver’s keys, install a traffic light system, or simply use a chock until loading is complete.

3. SPILLING LOADS

Be careful when going down steep inclines with unusual loads and always travel backwards down a steep incline and make sure your load is secure.

4. CARRYING PASSENGERS

A forklift truck isn’t a bus or a car. Never transport anything other than yourself and your load. Carrying passengers is dangerous at any time.

5. DRIVING TOO FAST

Forklifts generally operate in busy or crowded environments and driving too fast can cause potential dangers for other vehicles, pedestrians and bystanders. Slow down and always use your horn to notify people you are coming.

6. UNAWARE OF CABIN SAFETY

Not being aware of your arms and legs when driving could result in serious injury, especially when operating in warehouses with tight spaces and little room for maneuver. Always keep your limbs inside of the truck while moving.

7. RUNAWAY LIFT TRUCKS

Not following the correct parking procedures could cause your forklift truck to get away from you. When leaving your forklift unattended, always apply the parking brake and remember to take it out of gear.
These are just some of the mistakes that a driver can make when operating a forklift truck. In order to avoid these disasters, we recommend the following safety rules:

  • Never operate a truck unless you are trained to do so.
  • Always operate within the rated capacity of the truck.
  • Slow down and sound the horn at all cross aisles and doorways.
  • Check the truck at the start of the shift for any defects or condition that could impact its safety. Do not operate a truck that doesn’t pass the inspection.
  • Always act in accordance with applicable safety regulations and truck manual.

For more information, view our video guide or visit eurekapub.eu where you can download a pdf of the simple guide to share with your drivers.

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