Operating a forklift is no small task. There are many safety precautions to take when you are asked to operate a forklift for any reason. If you are operating a forklift for your place of work, it is necessary that you go through the mandatory training before operating a forklift of any kind. There are many different types of forklifts available so you should be sure that you have been trained on the specifics of each machine before you operate it. There are many opportunities for accidents to occur on both a new and used forklift in Miami, so we are here to guide you through some safety precautions that you can use to keep yourself and those around you safe while operating such equipment. Again, this, in no way, qualifies as training for using a forklift. We are merely providing simple safety tips that you can use for your own benefit, as well as the benefit of your employees or customers in the area where you are operating.
We will start out by telling you that it is illegal for anyone under 18 years old to operate a forklift. If your employer suggests that you will be the operator of a forklift and you are under 18 years, be sure to inform them of the law that states that anyone under 18 years of age is strictly prohibited from operating a forklift.
A new and used forklift in Miami comes in different types. Some of the most common injuries come from forklifts that are high-lift rider trucks because they cannot lift a load as high as other machines. The operator is more likely to push the machine to its limits and cause an accident. One precaution that you can take to prevent an accident from occurring is to know both the weight and height limitations of the truck. It can seem like a pain to check the weight of each item before you load it up but the more research you do in the beginning, the easier it will be to predict how much of a certain item you can load. Being aware of the height capacity as well as the weight capacity of your forklift can ensure your safety as the operator and that of the people around you from being injured in an accident.
Another major cause of accident or injury when using a forklift is not being aware of your surroundings. When you are operating this truck or equipment, it is likely that you are lifting heavy loads and carrying them to some distance. If you are not aware of your surroundings (people, retail merchandise or other machinery or equipment), it is very easy for you to overlook either running over or crashing into something. Before operating your forklift, be sure to check the area and have someone help you ensure that the entire area is clear for the remainder of the time you are operating the forklift.
These tips may seem like common sense; however, forklift accidents occur all too often. In a business that is operating these lifters/loaders, safety needs to be the number one priority. You can never have too much training for a specific piece of equipment. If you are looking for training, new or used forklifts, or forklift parts in Miami, FL, feel free to contact us at Atlantic Forklifts.