A forklift can cause catastrophic damage to the employer whether it is physical injury or loss of goods.
Just see how devastating it can be.
Emphasize before operating the forklift
- Current employer training and certification is required.
- Complete the pre-operational checklist.
- Know your travel route.
- Drive with loads down.
- Know and do not exceed your load and a weight capacity
- Follow all manufacturer, training and certification instructions.
- Take responsibility for the safety of yourself and pedestrians.
- Use the right forklift for the environment.
- Operate fork trucks only in designated areas with adequate ventilation.
- Use electric power if needed. Secure unstable loads before starting the vehicle.
- Make sure that there is adequate clearance before passing under or between structures.
- Maintain indoor speed under 2 mph (8 km/hr) and outdoor speed under 15 mph (24 km/hr).
- Tilt the mast back slightly before traveling. When forward vision is obscured, break down the load or drive in reverse.
- Keep weight uphill. Stop at all blind spots.
- Turn slowly. Keep arms and legs in the cab. Use your seatbelt.
- Park the truck in a safe area with a load down and break set.
- Turn in a safe area and never on ramps.
- Do not allow riders.
Now most importantly. Create a document trail by having forklift operators sign off acknowledging that they received training and that they understand.