Safe Operating Tips - Part 2

Continuing our discussion series on Safe Operating Tips, it is imperative that you remember the following:

  • Level and stabilize your hoisting equipment before a lift is made.  You may lose your load otherwise.
  • Maintain rolling stock in a stable condition.  Use chocks or blocks when necessary.  Leave forks and buckets down when parked.
  • Banding straps, boards, spills or other materials must be picked up to prevent slip or trip hazards.  You, as the operator, must ensure good housekeeping in your shop and yard at all times.
  • Shut down your equipment, set the parking brake and chock your wheels before refueling, oiling or lubricating it.
  • Proper methods and PPE must be utilized when refueling, changing tanks or charging batteries.
  • Lubrication and preventative maintenance must be observed closely.
  • Particular attention must be paid to overhead utilities, nearby structures and vehicles.
  • Attention must also be paid to attachments, hydraulics, tires and load capacity.
  • When loading or unloading trucks, great care shall be taken to prevent damage to persons, materials or machinery. Proper load securement methods will be utilized.
  • The use of Internal Combustion Lift Trucks inside of buildings should be minimized wherever possible due to the hazard of Carbon Monoxide.  Where I.C. Fork Lifts are used inside, ensure that adequate exchange of air is available and working CO detectors present in all high traffic areas.
  • Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.  Operators must exercise good judgment in preventing damage to buildings, racks, equipment or materials.  You must immediately report damaged components to your supervisor.
  • Be acutely aware of any potential pedestrians in the area, especially in confined areas or blind corners.
    Do not park your equipment or place materials where they may block exits or egress, shut off valves, power panels or emergency equipment.

Next week we wrap up this series by talking about Loading and Stacking. Until then...practice and remember these safety tips, making sure they are part of your daily work routine. 

Posted: 3/14/2016 2:06:07 PM by Townsend Editor