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August 21, 2013

Safety Tip: Ensure Safe Forklift Operation

Forklift Safety Sign
Forklifts must be checked for defects daily, usually by the operator before beginning a shift. Even with safe operation, a vehicle defect can cause or contribute to a serious accident. Assuming your vehicle passes pre-use inspection, follow these tips from the Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health to help ensure safe operation.

The basic rule for traveling is that you maintain control of your forklift at all times. Other rules include:
  • Operate a forklift only while in the seat or operator’s station. Never start it or operate the controls while standing beside the forklift.
  • Never allow passengers unless the forklift was designed for a passenger.
  • Do not put any part of your body between the uprights of the mast or when traveling, outside of the forklift frame.
  • Always look in the direction of travel and keep a clear view of the travel path. Travel in reverse if the load blocks your view.
  • Always observe posted speed limits at your workplace. A forklift should not be driven faster than a quick walking pace.
  • Keep a distance of at least three forklift lengths between you and any forklift traveling in front of you.
  • Do not pass another forklift traveling in the same direction if it is at a blind spot, intersection or other dangerous location.
  • Never drive a forklift up to anyone in front of a bench or other fixed object.
  • Never allow anyone to walk or stand under the elevated forks – even if the forks are not carrying a load.
  • Check that there is adequate clearance under beams, lights, sprinklers, and pipes for the forklift and load to pass.
  • Never engage in stunt driving or horseplay


  1. Excellent tips. These should must be followed.

  2. Forklift operating is very difficult job for any person. Safety is must important thing which every forklift operator should consider while going to operate a forklift truck.

  3. There are several important features to take into consideration while looking for the right industrial forklift. These specific features will enable you to choose the right product tailored to fulfill your business or construction requirements.

  4. There are such many instruction and safety tips that you have to follow when you driving a forklift . Operating a forklift is not a easy task so hire a professional or trained driver . Above tips are recommendable.

  5. Always look in the direction of travel and keep a clear view of the travel path. Travel in reverse if the load blocks your view.