Safe Forklift Operation


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Forklifts must be operated properly or serious incidents and injuries can occur.

Tip overs are most common, from sharp turns at excessive speeds, wheels falling into holes or soft ground or turns on slopes or inclines.

Falls off loading docks happen from improperly supported trailers or unchecked trailer wheels, loose or unused dock plates, trailers pulling away from docks unannounced, slippery conditions, or just plain inattention.

Collisions with fixed objects or pedestrians occur from poor visibility, congested work areas, or again, inattention. And loads can fall from improper placement and/or securing on skids or on the forks or when they are unbalanced or too heavy.

Forklift-related accidents can maim, cripple and even kill operators and other workers. Government statistics estimated that nearly 100 workers are killed each year in powered industrial truck incidents. Also, CFR 1910.178 Powered Industrial Trucks are one of the most frequent cited OSHA regulations each and every year. A few examples include operating unsafe forklifts, not conducting inspections of forklifts prior to use and lack of training for operators.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe a minimum of five maneuvering techniques that are commonly used to maneuver a forklift
  • Identify several traffic safety issues associated with forklift operation
  • Safely handle loads using a forklift, as well as hazards to avoid while driving

Source File Format

Storyline 360, Storyline 3

Course Features

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Professional Voice-Over Narration


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