Forklift Pedestrian Safety

We discuss safety a lot here, because it’s important. Your forklift, like much of your machinery, is perfectly safe when operated within the guidelines but accidents do happen. People get hurt, even killed, in and around forklifts.

As we’ve established, the forklift operator has responsibilities to keep him/herself and co-workers safe; stay belted in to the cage, travel at safe speeds, use the safety accessories on the lift like lights, horns and reverse sirens, only haul loads on inclines in reverse.

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Part 1: Forklift Driver Training

I’m a newbie.  Going into all this I knew very little about forklifts, forklifts accessories and couldn’t tell a battery-operated lift from an LP truck.

My minimal forklift experience was watching it move giant loads of amplifiers and staging equipment in my days as a stagehand on giant rock concerts and theater productions. My takeaway from those days- the drivers sat on the lift until they were needed, then they moved into action. To this day I’m not sure if every operation works that way or if forklift operators are expected to do other things, but on a concert load-in or out, everyone has a specific task and they stick to that job.

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Fork accessories for the forklift

You can buy just about any accessory to put on the forklift itself but what about the fork accessories?  There are a few options here, too.  Don Haas shows us what each fork accessory looks like and what function it has.

 

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Forklift Driving Lessons

Four tires, a seat and a steering wheel, how much different could driving a forklift be from driving a car?

It’s different. We’re about to send a newbie through fork lift operator training, a process we’ll document here, so we’ll get an insider’s view of just what the training is all about and how difficult it is. This is someone with next-to-no warehouse experience, so at the very least it will be entertaining.

Anyway, driving a forklift is different from a car. Cars steer from the front wheels, where a forklift steers with the rear, allowing it to make 360-degree moves in tight quarters.

Having a full understanding of the differences between a forklift and a conventional automobile is the basis for operating a lift safely.

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