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Lift truck operation Safety Tips


May 1, 2002
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Be trained and certified to operate forklifts.Just like driving regular cars, always use the seatbelt.Always keep lift truck operations separate from pedestrian traffic — operate only in areas …

Be trained and certified to operate forklifts.

Just like driving regular cars, always use the seatbelt.

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Always keep lift truck operations separate from pedestrian traffic — operate only in areas designated for lift trucks.

Check any blind spots for hidden dangers before hopping in the truck.

Obey traffic rules.

Follow all posted speed limits.

Keep overall load height down.

Ensure pallets are strong enough and able to support the weight of the load.

Make sure the load is properly secured and stacked, and if possible, tied down.

Place heavy objects toward the bottom.

Better view is always better — make sure vision is not obstructed by load.

Tie down round objects.

Adjust fork spacing according to pallet width and load size.

Watch trailer-to-dock interface.

Monitor the mechanical fitness of the machine.

Do not let anyone to ride on loads.

Yield the right of way to pedestrians or other vehicles.

Sound horn at cross aisles, sharp corners, ramps, dips, and blind corners.

Never engage in reckless driving or horseplay.


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