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OSHA revises forklift safety QuickCard

Offers tips for training, maintenance, safe operation of forklifts

Posted May 1, 2019

OSHA has revised its Safe Forklift Operation QuickCard to include more tips for safe operation. The card describes ways to mitigate the risks associated with operating and working around forklifts. Hazards to employees include collisions, falls, tip-overs, and struck-by conditions.

In addition to guidance on safety training and forklift maintenance, the QuickCard offers basic forklift operator safety tips, including:

  • Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for vehicle operation
  • Always wear a seatbelt when provided
  • Never exceed the rated load and make sure the load is stable and balanced
  • Do not raise or lower the load while traveling
  • Keep a safe distance from platform and ramp edges
  • Be aware of other vehicles in the work area
  • Have clear visibility of the work area when loading and operating a forklift
  • Use proper footing and the handhold to enter the lift
  • Use horns at cross aisles and obstructed areas
  • Watch for pedestrians and observe the speed limit
  • Do not give rides or use the forks to lift people

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