Forklifts are essential for the day-to-day work of warehouses and factories. They are small enough to drive around indoors, but powerful enough to lift extremely heavy loads. They are relatively simple to drive, but unfortunately this can cause over-confidence, which sometimes results in serious accidents. In this article, we’ll look at essential forklift safety tips and how to stay safe at all times when operating a forklift.
Things to do when operating a forklift
Before driving a forklift, always inspect it thoroughly to ensure there are no faulty or worn parts. Next, look around in all directions before driving off. When driving, look in the direction of travel at all times. Drive at a speed suitable for the conditions and the weight of your load and with the forks in a lowered position. Watch out for obstructions and slow down when turning corners. If you can’t see around a corner, sound the horn to warn anyone in the area of your approach.
Things not to do when operating a forklift
Never operate a forklift unless you have previously been fully trained, are authorised to do so and have adequate supervision. If you find a faulty or worn piece of the forklift’s equipment on inspection, don’t proceed to drive the forklift anyway. Don’t operate the forklift’s controls from outside the cab and don’t reach outside the cab to adjust the load or move obstacles – always stop and get out of the forklift to do this. Don’t try to carry out repairs unless you are fully qualified to do so and don’t operate a fork lift while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or when ill or excessively tired.
Injuries received in accidents with forklifts
If you have been injured at work in a forklift accident, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe at work, and this includes providing you with thorough training and adequate supervision at all times.
Claiming injury compensation
For more information on personal injury compensation and employer negligence, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, and has been helping the victims of others’ negligence receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for years. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient.
Date Published: February 28, 2014
Author: David Brown