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How to Operate a Forklift Safely

This 2 minute safety training video covers: How to safely enter and exit the forklift, general forklift safety rules, the heights to keep the forks at when not carrying a load, safe speeds to avoid accident, safe forklift length limit from other vehicles, importance of sounding your horn, what to do when you are moving a load that blocks your forward vision and reasons that could cause you to skid out of control. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 28 minute full length version.

The Full-Length Version is Available on DVD!

Forklifts and other powered industrial trucks are indispensable in many companies. They are rugged powerful tools that save time, money and effort. But the same qualities that make them so helpful can also make them dangerous. Using powered industrial trucks results in over 100 fatalities and over 35,000 serious injuries each year. When used incorrectly, or if forklifts and other trucks are not properly maintained, they can do significant damage.

Atlantic Training’s "Forklift Training" Video & DVD Programs review how to inspect forklifts and other powered industrial truck equipment prior to operation, safe operating procedures, forklift stability, and how to recognize potential problem situations.

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Video Transcript

When you operate a forklift, every load, every lift and every carry must be evaluated and planned. No two tasks are the same. Even travelling the same route with the same load is different each time because of traffic and pedestrians. And those unexpected things that pop-up and can tackle your truck with no warning. That’s why planning is your key to success and safety. You must know the capacity of your truck as listed on the data plate and never exceed it. If you use attachment, it’s your job to know how they affect operation and how they change the capacity of the truck. As a certified operator, you’re on constant lookout for things that make your truck less stable. Things like uneven surfaces, elevated load, turning while loaded, operating on slopes, tilting the load, and unbalanced loads. Before you move your forklifts examine your surfaces where you’ll be driving. Be sure they are strong enough to hold your truck and its load. Look for loose objects, bumps and debris that could jerk your steering out of control or even bring your truck to an unplanned stop on top of your load. Always obey posted stop limits and be ready to go even slower when necessary for safety.