Premier Lift Equipment’s Guide to Safely Operating Counter Balance Forklifts: The Dos and Don’ts
As a leading provider of lift equipment, Premier Lift Equipment understands the importance of safety when it comes to operating counterbalance forklifts. These powerful vehicles are commonly used in warehouses, manufacturing plants, and other industrial settings to move heavy loads quickly and efficiently. However, operating a forklift can be dangerous and even deadly without proper training and adherence to safety guidelines. That’s why we’ve put together this guide of dos and don’ts to help you operate counterbalance forklifts safely.
Attend Proper Training and Certification
Proper training and certification are crucial when it comes to operating a forklift. Premier Lift Equipment offers comprehensive training courses that cover all aspects of forklift safety, including pre-operation inspection, load handling, and driving techniques.
Inspect the Forklift Before Use
Before operating the forklift, always inspect it for any damages or issues. Check the tires, brakes, and steering to ensure they are in good working condition. If you notice any issues, report them to your supervisor immediately.
Wear Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Wearing proper PPE is essential when operating a forklift. Premier Lift Equipment offers a range of safety gear, including hard hats, safety glasses, high-visibility vests, and steel-toed boots, to protect you from potential hazards.
Follow Speed Limits
Stick to the speed limit when operating a forklift. Going too fast can increase the risk of accidents and make it difficult to stop the vehicle in time. Premier Lift Equipment’s forklifts come equipped with speed limiters to help you stay within safe operating speeds.
Keep a Clear View
Ensure your line of sight is clear when operating the forklift. Keep the mast lowered when driving and use the horn to alert others of your presence. Premier Lift Equipment’s forklifts are designed with visibility in mind, with features such as low-profile masts and panoramic visibility cabs.
Use a Damaged Forklift
Do not operate a forklift if it is damaged or has any issues. Report any problems to your supervisor and wait for them to be repaired before using them. Premier Lift Equipment’s forklifts are regularly inspected and maintained to ensure optimal working conditions.
Never allow anyone to ride on the forklift, whether it’s a coworker or a guest. Forklifts are designed to carry loads and not people. Premier Lift Equipment’s forklifts come with single-occupancy cabs to ensure the safety of the operator.
Overload the Forklift
Only lift loads that are within the forklift’s capacity. Overloading the forklift can cause it to tip over or become unstable. Premier Lift Equipment’s forklifts come with load capacity indicators to help you stay within safe limits.
Use Your Phone
Operating a forklift requires your full attention. Do not use your phone or any other electronic devices while driving. Premier Lift Equipment’s forklifts come equipped with hands-free communication systems to help you stay connected while keeping your hands on the controls.
Make Sudden Movements
Avoid sudden movements or jerky turns when operating the forklift. These movements can cause the load to shift or the forklift to tip over. Premier Lift Equipment’s forklifts are designed with stability in mind, with features such as a low center of gravity and stability control systems.
At Premier Lift Equipment, we are committed to providing our customers with safe and reliable lift equipment. By following these dos and don’ts, you can operate our counterbalance forklifts safely and with confidence. Always prioritize safety and report any issues or concerns to your supervisor. You can prevent accidents and keep your workplace safe with the right training and equipment. Contact us today to learn more about our forklifts and training courses.