1. Provide Proper Training, and supervise new or inexperienced drivers. consider eye exams as well as driving assessments.
2. Post Warning Signs and Traffic Markings. Wherever foot traffic and forklifts must co-exist, forklift safety signs are a must. Consider floor tape and heavy-duty floor labels to mark changing floor grades, forklift lanes and to alert pedestrians.
3. Slow Down. OSHA advises drivers to stay at or below 5 miles per hour.
4. Lower the Load. OSHA recommends carrying loads as near to the ground as possible - about 4 inches from the floor.
5. No Operators Under Age 18. That's a Federal law.
6. Slow Down Before Turning. Forklifts are designed to balance heavy loads, so without a load they can be a bit tippy.
7. No Riders on the Forklift. They're not designed for passengers, so riders can easily fall - or distract the driver and indirectly cause an accident.
8. A Forklift is Not a Ladder. Lifting workers on forks to reach items or work at heights is not a good idea.
9. Use the Right Tool. Lift trucks are available in varied sizes and designs, so choose one that fits your workplace. A full-size forklift operating in narrow aisles is bound to create problems.
- Review OSHA forklift standards.
- Read and download sample daily safety checklists for forklifts.
- Browse forklift safety signs and labels at ComplianceSigns.com.