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  • many industries use forklifts in numerous work settings

  • primarily to move materials

  • forklifts are important part of material handling

  • but when not

  • they could be very dangerous

  • each year in the united states nearly one hundred workers are killed and

  • another twenty thousand

  • are seriously injured

  • in forklift related incidence

  • these statistics indicated many workers and employers

  • are not using

  • or maybe unaware of safety procedures

  • and the proper use of forklifts

  • to reduce the risk of injury and death

  • for this reason it is imperative that all forklift operators receive periodic

  • training. This way

  • any bad habits developed

  • can be corrected quickly before they become part of the operators daily

  • routine

  • this video program is designed

  • to assist forklift trainers with their safety training efforts

  • and gives a brief overview of forklift training procedures and methods which

  • may be employed

  • It should be used in conjunction

  • with the more comprehensive written manual

  • "A Trader's Guide to Forklift Safety".

  • Cal/OSHA regulations

  • require that employers properly trained all of their forklift operators

  • to be safe and confident

  • forklift drivers.

  • This requirement is the filled by implementing the workplace safety

  • training program

  • in order to be compliant

  • the training must consist of a combination of three components.

  • Formal instruction

  • this portion

  • must consist of a lecture

  • video presentations

  • discussion with employees and the use of written materials or similar methods

  • practical training

  • this component

  • must include demonstrations by the trainer

  • as well as practical exercises performed by the forklift operator

  • Wokplace Evaluations

  • an evaluation of the forklift operators performance in the workplace

  • must be conducted.

  • All forklift safety training

  • should be based on the information specified in Cal/OSHA general industry

  • safety order 3668

  • this regulation provides information about forklift safety training

  • requirements

  • safety training program content and forklift certification requirements.

  • A

  • pre trip safety check must be completed each day before operating your

  • forklift

  • Cal/OSHA regulations mandates that a forklift must be checked

  • once per shift for safety deficiencies before it is operated

  • the safety check is an important

  • part of the forklift safety program

  • because it helps identify mechanical failures

  • this leads to fewer mechanically related forklift safety hazards

  • which may lead to less injuries to the forklift operator and other employees

  • prior to the safety check

  • the operators should review the manufactures forklift manual

  • to become familiar with the forklifts operating controls

  • and performance limitations

  • when conducting the safety check

  • a checklist should be used to document safety deficiencies and mechanical

  • problems

  • the checklist also serves as proof

  • that the safety check was performed

  • Use a checklist specific to your workplace to document the safety check

  • Be sure to give attention to the proper functioning of tires, horns,

  • lights, batteries,

  • controllers, brakes, steering mechanism cooling system and the lift system of

  • the forklift.

  • these safety checks

  • must be completed at least once per shift

  • when the checklist has been completed

  • it should be filed and maintained with other safety records

  • when a deficiency is identified

  • notify your supervisor immediately

  • so that it can be corrected

  • if the repairs on the fortlift cannot be made immediately

  • remove the forlift from service

  • this prevents others from unknowingly using the disabled lift

  • driving a forklift

  • is very different than operating a car

  • unlike a car the rear wheels are used to steer the fortlift

  • the center of gravity of the forklift is higher than a car

  • so the weight of the forklift is distributed differently

  • due to these factors, a sharp turn combined with too much speed

  • can cause a rollover accident.

  • Forklifts are also commonly operated on wet or smooth surfaces

  • which may be slippery

  • conditions such as these

  • may also lead to accidents if the fork lift operator is not working safely

  • securely fasten your seat belt at all times while operating the forklift

  • be sure to use the correct personal protective equipment for the job

  • and never allow passengers to ride on the forks' upper lifts for any reason

  • operate the forklift at a safe speed

  • even when there is little forklift or pedestrian traffic

  • when driving behind other forklifts maintain a safe distance of

  • approximately three trucklanes

  • and never pass at intersections or blind spots

  • slowdown

  • and sound the horn when approaching blind corners

  • and treat all cross aisles with caution

  • watch carefully for holes in the driving surface that could lead to an accident

  • many forklift drivers are injured

  • when they are run over by their own forklift

  • this occurs

  • when an operator exits the forklift before it has come to a complete stop

  • when exiting your forklift always come to a complete stop

  • lower the forks to the ground and set the parking brake

  • when leaving the forklift unattended set the parking brake bring the mast to the

  • vertical position lower the forks to the ground

  • turn the forklift off and remove the keys

  • a forklift is considered to be unattended when the driver travels more

  • than twenty five feet from the forklift

  • or when the forklift is out of the driver's sight according to Cal/OSHA

  • driving a forklift up or down inclines, ramps or hills presents special hazards

  • that forklift operators should be aware of

  • when ascending or descending inclines or ramps, forklift operators should

  • drive slowly with the load kept upgrade and load to the ground

  • on all grades keep the load slightly tilted back if necessary

  • never attempt to turn a forklift on an incline or ramp

  • it could affect the forklift's stability

  • and lead to a serious accident

  • Lifting and transporting loads

  • is an activity

  • that a forklift operator performs many times during the workday

  • for this reason

  • it is important to use safe procedures each time a lift is performed

  • the maximum load capacity and the load center of the forklift

  • must be posted on each forklift and the nameplate must be legible to the driver

  • before starting the lift

  • know the weight of the cargo

  • and make sure it is not beyond the rated lifting capacity of the forklift you

  • are operating

  • if the load you are trying to lift is too heavy for the forklift

  • the rear of the forklift will raise

  • this changes the forklift's center of gravity

  • and increases the risk of an accident

  • which could result in a serious injury

  • or cause damage to the forklift

  • each load should be stacked properly and the weight of the load should be evenly

  • distributed before attempting a lift

  • never left or transport a load that is leaking liquids or material

  • if the load is damaged contact your supervisor immediately

  • if the load being carried obstructs forward view

  • lift or lower the load

  • to the proper traveling height and drive with the load trailing. Keep all body parts within the riding part of the forklift

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    kuoyumei posted on 2015/06/28
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