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OSHA offers tips on forklift safety, maintenance

QuickCard tells operators to always wear seatbelts, watch for pedestrians

Posted July 24, 2018

A new OSHA QuickCard warns forklift operators to:

  • Always wear a seatbelt (when the vehicle has one)
  • Never exceed the rated load and ensure it is balanced
  • Place the forklift in neutral and set the parking brake before raising 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 the forklift
  • Use the grab bar and proper footing to enter the lift
  • Use lights, mirrors, and horns
  • Watch for pedestrians and observe the speed limit
  • Do not use the forks to lift people

The QuickCard also advises employers that forklifts should only be operated by workers who are trained on the types of trucks in use.

For maintenance, forklifts should be kept in good condition and free of lint, excess oil, and grease. The manufacturer’s recommendations for preventative maintenance should be followed and defective forklifts should be removed from service.

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