The following general guidelines are provided for operating lift truck equipment.
Lift trucks operators must be over the age of 18 and lift trucks should not be operated by anyone who is not authorized and properly trained.
Read the Operators Manual carefully and make yourself familiar with your lift truck.
Inspect your lift truck daily or before every shift.
Do not operate faulty or damaged lift trucks.
Repair work should be done by authorized and trained persons only.
Wear your seatbelt.
To protect from falling objects, make sure that the overhead guard and load backrest are correctly mounted and in good condition.
Drive carefully, keeping forks and attachments as low as possible and fully tilted back.
Keep a careful lookout for people, obstructions, and the path of travel. Watch clearance, especially overhead and tail swing. Have someone help you when traveling in a forklift.
Do not stick hands, feet, and other parts of your body outside the operator's compartment.
Drive forward when you are climbing a slope with a load. Drive in reverse when you are descending with loads. Do not turn while on a slope. Do not park on a slope.
Slow down before turning. Avoid any sudden start, stop, or turning. Lateral tipover can occur if truck is improperly operated.
Do not load lift truck over capacity limit designated on the load chart. Check your load and do not lift unstable loads.
This lift truck is not designed for raising or transporting people. Do not use a lift truck for those purposes under any circumstances.
Never allow anyone to walk or stand under a raised load.
Medications that cause drowsiness and operating a forklift do not mix.
Do not smoke while operating a forklift.
Before you get off lift truck, make sure the hand brake is set, lower forks or attachments, put forward/reverse level in neutral position and turn off key switch.
Check out OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) e-Tool and see OSHA's requirements for operating Powered Industrial Trucks here: Powered industrial trucks. - 1910.178
ENSURE YOUR EMPLOYEES KNOW HOW TO SAFELY OPERATE A FORKLIFT. THIS IS THE EMPLOYER'S RESPONSIBILITY. SUPERTECH PROVIDES O.S.H.A. APPROVED SAFETY TRAINING FOR FORKLIFT OPERATORS AS WELL AS TRAIN-THE-TRAINER PROGRAMS.