Many work-related factors can cause accidents. Forklift accidents are a leading cause of worker injuries, and overturns are the leading cause of fatalities involving forklifts; they represent about 25 percent of all forklift-related deaths. Forklift operators should be trained and certified to operate the specific equipment to which they are assigned.
- Check mast and carriage for any damage or foreign items.
- Check chains and fixing bolts for damaged links, obvious stretching and appropriate lubrication.
- Check forks for any sign of cracks, especially at the heels, or any other sign of damage or excess wear
- Check the tyres and wheels.
- Check the tynes are properly attached.
- Check any attachments.
- Check the safety devices such as seat belts, warning devices, flashing lights and beepers.
- Check the battery and connector.
- Check the guards.
- Check the fluid levels.
- Check the braking and hydraulic systems.
- The areas where forklifts operate are well-ventilated.
- The areas where forklifts operate are well-lit.
- The surfaces where forklifts operate are level and non-slip.
- Forklifts are fitted with load-cell-weighing devices.
- Forklifts are fitted with tilt restrictors.
- Forklifts are fitted with operator restraint interlocks.
- Operators verify that the forklift truck has the capacity to pick up the load.
- Batteries are charged in a well-ventilated area.
- Eye-washing facilities are available and located near where battery charging is done.
- Inspect the forklift before use.
- Inspect the load before attempting to move it.
- Wear protective gear.
- Use a spotter.
- Keep the load low enough that it will not block your vision.
- Do not allow any person to ride on any part of the forklift.
- Be sure to lower the forks, when the forkllift not in use.
If the truck is found to be in need of repair or in any way unsafe, or contributes to an unsafe condition, the matter shall bereported immediately to the designated authority, and the truck shall not be operated until it has been restored to a safe operating condition. If during operation, the truck becomes unsafe in any way, the matter shall be reported immediately to the designated authority, and the truck shall not be operated until it has been restored to safe operating condition. Do not make repairs or adjustments unless specifically authorized to do so.