Quick safety tips for forklift operators

New OSHA QuickCard describes ways to mitigate hazards related to forklifts

Posted June 21, 2018

A new OSHA QuickCard describes ways to mitigate the risks associated with operating and working around forklifts. Hazards to employees can include collisions, falls, tip-overs, and struck-by incidents.

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

  • Always wearing a seatbelt when provided
  • Never going over the rate load and making sure the load is balanced
  • Place the forklift in neutral and set the parking brake before lifting the load
  • Keep a safe distance from platform and ramp edges
  • Be aware of other forklifts in the work area
  • Have clear visibility of the work area when loading and operating a forklift
  • Use the grab bar and proper footing to enter the lift
  • Use the lights, mirrors, and horns
  • Watch for pedestrians and observe the speed limit
  • Never use the forks to lift people


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