Top 10 Basic Safety Tips When Operating Forklifts – UAE Sites

by Dav Wayman
(Australia)


Accidents are to be expected on construction sites. In a region where buildings and infrastructure are being built at breakneck speed and with great frequency, accidents could occur in greater numbers. Of course, this doesn’t mean life-threatening incidents cannot be prevented.


Every worksite will have standard safety programmes as well as specific safety procedures for every job done and equipment used on-site. And when it comes to operating forklifts, UAE construction companies may want to follow these 10 basic but life-saving safety tips.

1. Do routine checks on the forklift to be used.
Sometimes, taking a few minutes to look over the equipment for defects or faults can prevent risks on-site. Every forklift operator should run an examination, to note down repair issues and other relevant information before using the vehicle.

2. Be aware of the worksite.
From guidelines on vehicle traffic to rules in certain areas, operators should be considerate of the work environment. Hazards should be noted and avoided accordingly, from uneven grounds to areas with slippery surfaces.

3. Always operate the forklift at a safe distance and with great care.
Operators need to be careful about manoeuvring in sites with other trucks. They should also make sure they have sufficient space to stop.

Meanwhile, tipping could happen when the operator suddenly goes past the speed limit or makes a swift change in direction.

4. Always use the forklift for its specific purpose.
That is, to carry loads — not to let people ride on the equipment. Unless the forklift features a specific attachment for lifting a worker, never operate the vehicle other than for its sole purpose.

5. Never overload the forklift; loads should be evenly distributed.
Operators should know the capacity of the forklift. They should also be aware whether or not the attachments could exceed the required capacity. When operators load too much on the forklift, the rear tyres will affect the balance of the vehicle and tip it over.

In addition, operators should never lift a load with one fork or move it unless both forks are fully loaded. And loads need to be stacked correctly and placed in both forks.

6. No one should be walking under the load.
Operators should be certain that no one is standing or walking under the forklift machinery. The load may come crashing down, resulting in serious injuries.

7. Operators should have clear visibility.
When moving up ramps and positioning loads, operators should have clear visibility at all times. Some operators should also get a lookout worker to help if visibility is an issue.

8. Proper procedure should be observed when starting the vehicle.
The operator should know how to seat himself in the forklift. He should also be certain that controls are within reach and mirrors are properly adjusted before starting the vehicle.

9. Safety clothing should be worn.
From the hard hat to the metal-toed shoes, all operators should be wearing the right safety clothes before getting behind any forklift.

10.Training is key.
Finally, all forklift operators should be trained well and get the appropriate licence. In most cases, the appropriate training could prevent accidents and save lives.

About the Author:
Dav Wayman is a car enthusiast. At such a young age, he has already attended close to a thousand car shows. In order to further intensify his knowledge in cars, he read almost everything about the automotive industry. He shares his insights through blogging and he shares this resource http://www.toyotaforklift.ae/lang/En/News-and-Offers/Offers/index.html for forklift suppliers in UAE.

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