Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Safety Training Course Layout: Forward Slalom

Activity 1 --Forward Slalom:

· Trainer A at Position START/FINISH will:


o DEMONSTRATE INSPECTION OF TRUCK (Use company checklist if


Operators must carefully inspect any forklift prior to use.

Any problems shall be reported. The Inspection Sheet provides a convenient reminder of items that must be checked. It also provides the necessary information for scheduling maintenance.

o DEMONSTRATE INSPECTION OF COURSE (looking for and removing any impediments)

o Data Plate: The data plate on each forklift contains all the basic capabilities and limitations of that forklift. Most forklift manufacturers have unique data plate designs, however most will have the same basic information on them. As an operator it is very important to understand all of the information given on the data plate. A data plate must have all the proper information listed and it must be legible.

o Discuss fork height—Forks must be low as possible when traveling except when entering or leaving a ramp. On those occasions, raise the fork only enough to be sure you have clearance. Whether your forklift is loaded or empty, always raise or lower the forks to not more than 6 inches from the floor before traveling. Never travel with the load in a raised position.

o Safe travel—Slow down and sound the horn at cross aisles and other locations where vision is obstructed. If the load being carried obstructs the forward view, the driver must travel with the load trailing behind

o Safety related to:

§ Mounting – 3 Points of Contact

§ Seat belts - The occupant restraints are designed to keep the operator in the seat and to help prevent any injuries that could result if a mishap occurs. You must wear the safety belt whenever you are operating the forklift.

§ Overhead Guard - The overhead guard is standard equipment from the manufacturer and must be included on the forklift. The overhead guard is not meant for roll over protection it is only intended to offer protection from the impact of small packages, boxes, and bagged material representative of the job application. The guard will not withstand the impact of a falling capacity load.

§ Hand placement—The operator must keep arms, hands and feet inside the forklift and away from the hoist mechanism.

§ Horn—All forklifts must be equipped with a horn. The horn is used as a warning device. The operator of a forklift must know where to locate the horn. They must test it to see if it is in good working condition before putting the forklift into operation.

§ Back-up alarm - The alarm is designed as a warning signal that the forklift is moving in reverse. This is to alert other forklift drivers as well as pedestrians of a potential hazard. This alarm does not relieve the forklift driver of the responsibility of looking in the direction of travel when backing. If your forklift is equipped with a backup alarm, it must be kept in operable condition.

§ Lights - Flashing lights or strobes are optional equipment on a forklift. They are designed to alert anyone around of the forklift’s presence. If the forklift has flashing lights, these must be kept in good working order. It recommended that lights be turned whenever the truck is in use.

§ Stopping/Starting (brakes, transmission, horn) - The parking brake is a safety device used to prevent the forklift from moving. It should be used whenever the operator stops the truck (momentarily or for extended periods) or leaves the truck. It is required that forks be lowered to the ground, controls be neutralized and brakes set when stopped.

· When a driver is going beyond 25 feet or does not have a clear view, additional requirements for powering down the PIT are to be followed.

o Trainer A at Position START/FINISH will provide verbal instruction and direction to begin driving portion as follows:

§ From the START/FINISH cone:

· Walk with driver to first cone assuring driver proceeds past the first cone on the right-hand side (as illustrated in RED)

· Provide instruction on how to use inside front tire as point of reference for making turn

· Allow driver to continue to slalom through remaining cones to Trainer B at Position 1

§ Trainer B at Position 1 will:

· Visually guide driver to STOP position (Confirm at STOP position that emergency brake is set, forks are lowered and the vehicle is neutralized and shut down for the safety of the instructor.) (You may want to discuss shutting down if stopped for long periods)

· Discuss Doorways / Passageways: STOP-HONK-GO

· Provide instruction on performing reverse slalom (as illustrated in BLUE) from Position 2

· Trainer B will provide feedback if needed

National Safety Compliance also provides training materials such as DVDs, Booklets, PowerPoints, Sample Checklist(s), etc. to aide with safety training for OSHA compliance.

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