Thursday, March 6, 2014

Forklift: Mounting & Dismounting

Operating the Forklift: Traveling & Maneuvering

Employee traveling and maneuvering a forklift.
Figure 1. Employee traveling and maneuvering a forklift.
Forklift operators must follow safe operating rules at all times. Operators must always maintain control of the forklift, keep a proper lookout, and operate the forklift at speeds safe for the particular operation and worksite conditions.
  • Mounting and Dismounting
  • Starting/Stopping
  • Operating at Speed
  • Steering, Turning and Changing Direction
  • Traveling on Inclines
  • Parking
  • Safe Travel Practices
  • Visibility
  • Tipover

Mounting and Dismounting

Potential Hazards:
  • Hitting head on overhead cage.
  • Slips, trips and falls, especially feet slipping off step.
Requirements and Recommended Practices:
  • Be sure that your hands are clean and dry to prevent slipping when grabbing handhold.
  • Check your shoes for grease before entering the vehicle.
  • Grasp handhold and get a good grip. Never grab the steering wheel because it could cause you to lose balance if it moves.
  • Always be careful with your footing when mounting and dismounting vehicle.
  • Pull or lower your body carefully into or out of cab. Dismounting is the opposite of mounting -- do not jump.
  • Wear appropriate footwear to prevent skids.
Operator grasping hand grips when mounting the vehicle.
Figure 2. Operator grasping hand grips when mounting the vehicle.

Operator dismounting a forklift.
Figure 3. Operator dismounting a forklift.

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