To be safe, a fork lift truck needs three things: to be right for the job, to be well looked-after, and to be checked thoroughly before use.
Things to do…
Survey Your Sites and Choose the Right Trucks
Different working environments require different trucks. For instance, warehouse equipment like reach trucks and stackers are generally not designed for outdoor use. Counterbalance trucks are, but only really on smooth and level surfaces. Diesel and LPG trucks, meanwhile, will need to be used in well ventilated areas. You must make sure you have the right truck for your site, and the job in hand.
A dedicated site survey, carried out by a professional, can provide much needed information and advice. You can learn more about this with our Site Survey Guide.
Safety Equipment and Explosion Proofing
Information on important site safety equipment, including explosion proofing, can be found in the Layman’s Guide to Fork Lift Trucks.
Carry Out Preventive Maintenance
Routine maintenance, carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the truck, is an essential part of preventing accidents. These checks are best provided through an agreed maintenance contract.
Thorough examination is a legal requirement, and must be carried out by a competent person at least every 12 months (sometimes more often, depending on the environment, nature of the load and truck type). Much more detailed advice and guidance is available on www.thoroughexamination.org.