Monday, June 2, 2014

Lowering the Load


Tilt the mast backward to stabilize the load.
Figure 10. Tilt the mast backward to stabilize the load.
Potential Hazards:

While lowering the load, be aware of the following:
  • Falling loads.
     
  • Striking objects.
Requirements and Recommended Practices:

The mast must be carefully tilted backward to stabilize the load.
  1. Ensure the load is secured before moving.
     
  2. Carefully tilt the mast backward to stabilize the load.  [29 CFR 1910.178(o)(5)]
     
  3. Slowly move the truck to 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches) away from the stack.
     
  4. Stop the truck.
     
  5. Return the mast to the vertical position before lowering the load.
     
  6. Lower the load so that its lowest point is 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) from the floor.
     
  7. While traveling, keep the load at a safe travel height. See Traveling & Maneuvering.

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