Do’s and Don’ts of the Forklift Industry

Posted by: admin on August 13, 2015


Workplace safety depends on a combination of factors. Attentive supervision helps. So does comprehensive training, with a keen eye toward OSHA rules & regulations. But at the end of the day, safety is ultimately determined by each individual.

And that means forklift drivers should act in the best interests of total job safety. Sure, performance matters, but safety is the most important part of day-to-day forklift driving.

What To Do – And What Not To Do

Safe forklift driving is all about what to keep your eye on – and also, specific things to avoid. We’ve asked some of our forklift safety experts about certain do’s and don’ts of the forklift industry, and this is what we came up with. Enjoy!

Do ensure forklift load is secure, especially on inclines and other tricky surfaces.

Do wear the correct clothing. If you’re driving outdoors in the winter, hats, gloves & extra layers always help.

Do follow your company’s safety guidelines. Established polices & procedures are in place for a reason. They work.

Do take your scheduled break. Fatigue is another big factor in workplace mishaps. Tired forklift drivers are more dangerous forklift drivers.

Do get a feel for your surroundings. If you’re working in a new area, take a quick inventory of blind spots, entries & exits, pedestrian walkways and more. The great unknown is never a good place to operate a forklift.

Don’t skip forklift maintenance. Many accidents are the direct cause of poorly-maintained lifts.

Don’t forget your forklift certification renewal. If you’re training credentials are about to expire, make sure you go through the correct protocol for the renewal certificate. With CertifyMe, it’s super-simple!

Don’t ignore spills, poor lighting and other hazards. Safe drivers always alert their co-workers and supervisors to potential pitfalls.

Don’t think everything’s a one-man job. Sometimes, having a spotter or “eyes in the back of your head” can help avoid accidents. The buddy system works!

Don’t be a follower. Proper safety requires leadership – the willing to speak out when you think something’s wrong, and also going the extra mile. If you’re serious about safety, take charge of the situation. Form a safety committee. Sign up for training. Be proactive!

For the training aspect of proper forklift safety, has you covered. Our OSHA experts have created useful training courses that will make your workplace safer. And for managers, your workers will be up-to-date with the latest safety training available.

Get your safety training program on track today. Our OSHA forklift experts can handle your questions now – just call (888) 699-4800. The CertifyMe contact page is another great place to get started.

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