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Fork Lifts

Hazard: Approximately 100 employees are fatally injured and approximately 95,000 employees are injured every year while oper- ating powered industrial trucks. Forklift turn- over accounts for a significant number of these fatalities.

Solution

  • Train and certify all operators to ensure that they operate forklifts safely.
  • Do not allow any employee under 18 years old to operate a forklift.
  • Properly maintain haulage equipment, including tires.
  • Do not modify or make attachments that affect the capacity and safe operation of the forklift without written approval from the forklift’s manufacturer.
  • Examine forklift truck for defects before using.
  • Follow safe operating procedures for pick- ing up, moving, putting down and stacking loads.
  • Drive safely--never exceed 5 mph and slow down in congested or slippery surface areas.
  • Prohibit stunt driving and horseplay.
  • Do not handle loads that are heavier than the capacity of the industrial truck.
  • Remove unsafe or defective forklift trucks from service.
  • Avoid traveling with elevated loads.
  • Assure that rollover protective structure is in place
  • Make certain that the reverse signal alarm is operational and audible above the sur- rounding noise level.