Utilizing a Regular Counterbalance lift truck
1 Carry out a pre-shift inspection before operating the machine. or OSHA guidelines state that a pre-shift checklist should be done at the start of every work shift. Each different machine and its attachments has its own checklist listing emergency brakes, lights, brakes, steering, horn, controls and safety features.
2 Start up the machine and check controls. Primarily make sure that your seatbelt is fastened and the seat is securely in place and adjusted for your comfort. Look underneath the machine after you move it for any indications of leaks. The operation of each kind of lift truck is different.
3 The basic operation of a machine is really as opposed to a regular motor vehicle. The forklift has a rear end swing of the forklift occurs because the truck steers utilizing its rear wheels. Forgetting this detail is a main reasons for accidents and injuries to workers. The nearly 90-degree turn from the front wheels should be made with utmost care. These top-heavy equipment have a high center of gravity even without a load. When moving or lifting a load this top-heaviness is exacerbated.
4 Keep forks near the floor when traveling. Use care when approaching loads. Be certain the forks line up correctly with the pallet. Lift the load only as high as is needed, tilting it back to help stabilize the machinery. Only drive backwards if the load is so bulky that it obstructs driver vision.
5 Check the wheels on trailers/trucks prior to loading and unloading. Do not travel on inclines, specially when carrying a load. The machine is susceptible to tip-overs on an incline. When driving on an incline is necessary, always drive up the incline and back down. The load should be kept on the uphill side of the truck.
6 The driver should be definitely in control at all times. The primary reason for operator injuries is tip-over. The operator must never try to jump out of the truck in case of a tip-over. The safest approach is to lean away from the direction of fall while holding the steering wheel and bracing your feet.