Safety First

November – Forklift Safety

Machine Safety

Forklift Safety Tips

  • Before using a forklift, examine it for hazardous conditions which would make it unsafe to operate.
  • Follow safe procedures for picking up, putting down and stacking loads.
  • Drive safely, never exceeding 5mph and slow down in congested areas or those with slippery surfaces.
  • Never drive up to a person standing in front of a fixed object such as a wall or stacked materials.
  • Immediately report damaged or defective trucks to your supervisor.
  • Do not operate forklifts, or other powered vehicles, you have not been trained to use.
  • Be aware of the hazards associated with the combustion byproducts of forklift operation, such as carbon monoxide.
  • Always wear seatbelts and other safety harnesses when operating the vehicle.


About 100 employees are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts in all industries. Forklift turnovers account for a significant percentage of these fatalities.

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