Getting Aboard the Lift truck
The 3-point dismount is one of the keys to keeping operators safe. It is the main factor for keeping operator's safety, even if this is often ignored. Like for instance, several years ago, at a forklift rally, a participator perfectly executed the course at a lift truck rally. At the end of his run, he was so thrilled, that he jumped off of his machinery and totally forgot to make a 3-point dismount. He didn't win the competition because he judges ended up docking marks from his overall score.
The importance of mounting and dismounting forklifts is a really serious thing to be included in training. In addition, having operators wear their seatbelts can potentially save their lives in the event of a tip-over. It is really vital to know that if a loaded lift truck's center of gravity moves outside of the stability triangle then a tip-over situation can happen. Trained drivers rarely ever run into a tip-over situation, although, it is extremely essential that they are ready for that possibility in case it occurs.
The importance of correctly dismounting and mounting any type of lift truck, including even a low platform pallet jack is vital to ensuring the driver stays safe. Far too many injuries result when complacency happens around these machines. Some of the serious situations consist of: Driver's catching their loose clothing or coveralls when dismounting and could end up falling and wrenching their back. At times, the operator can sprain or break an ankle when they step off of a lift truck. The operator could accidentally break an arm while falling and slipping off of the pallet jack. The operator could suffer from torn shoulder muscles if they slip on floor debris when they are still hanging onto the handhold utilizing one hand.
In order to keep you safe, having 3 points of contact is necessary. Obtaining 3 points could be done with 1 foot and 2 hands or by 2 feet and 1 hand. This stance is precisely like climbing down or up a ladder. Remember to always face the machine. Operators often tend to face away from the equipment or to hop or jump off the machine and these mistakes greatly lessen the overall risk being injured.
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