How to Safely Operate a Forklift Around Various Materials

This 2 minute safety training video covers: How to operate truck that has an internal combustion engine, how to safely use the truck around flammable and explosive materials, eleven categories of OSHA approved trucks, how to keep the work area safe, safe procedures to follow when you leave your vehicle, safe procedures to follow when parking your vehicle and safe procedure to follow when talking to someone while operating a forklift.

Video Transcript

This program is designed to be part of your powered industrial truck training, it will help you identify basic forklift's structure and design, understand the factors that affect forklift balance and maneuverability. A powered industrial truck or PIT, is defined as a mobile power driven vehicle used to carry, push, pull,lift, stat, or tear material. PIT come in a variety of sizes and designs and may operate on battery power, propane, gasoline, diesel fuel, and even compressed natural gas. Each type is designed to do specific kind of work in set situation and each has specialized to control, attachments, tires, and lifting capacity to perform an assign job. Because each truck test and work area is different, there are many different operating and safety requirements. The high reach fork truck operates very differently from the stand up and control rider. Even the controls can be different. For most forklifts steer with the steering some use a joy stick and some operates stand operate trucks, you have to lift your foot up to operate the break. To further complicate matters when you add attachments, it changes how the truck steers and balances and reduces the weight the truck can lift that's why you have to be trained and certified for each type of truck you operate and for each type of work and condition.