Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Forklift: Operating At Speed


Operator slows down and sounds the horn at cross aisles where vision is obstructed.
Figure 5. Operator slows down and sounds the horn at cross aisles where vision is obstructed.

Observe all posted speed limits and warning signs.
Figure 6. Observe all posted speed limits and warning signs.

Forklifts are less stable on turns and grades and can tip over.
Figure 7. Forklifts are less stable on turns and grades and can tipover.
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Potential Hazards:

While traveling avoid these potential hazards:
  • Tipover caused by driving too fast.
     
  • Collision with pedestrians and obstacles caused by inattention and not being able to stop in time.
Requirements and Recommended Practices:

Be aware of the travel conditions along your planned route:
  • Under all travel conditions the truck must operate at a speed that will permit it to be brought to a stop in a safe manner. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(8)]
     
  • The driver must slow down for wet and slippery floors. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(10)]
     
  • The driver must look in the direction of, and keep a clear view of, the path of travel. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(6)]
     
  • The driver must slow down and sound the horn at cross aisles and other locations where vision is obstructed. If the load being carried obstructs forward view, the driver shall be required to travel with the load trailing. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(4)]
     
  • While negotiating turns, speed shall be reduced to a safe level by turning the steering wheel in a smooth, sweeping motion. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(15)].
     
  • Grades shall be ascended or descended slowly. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(7)].
     
  • When ascending or descending grades in excess of 10 percent, loaded trucks shall be driven with the load upgrade. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(7)(i)]
     
  • Running over loose objects on the roadway surface shall be avoided. [29 CFR 1910.178(n)(14)].

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