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Tips for forklift safety

Tips for forklift safety talk


Forklifts have made moving heavy material more efficient, but they can also expose the operator and those around them to a significant safety risk.

Below are some simple tips to avoid common hazards when using a forklift:

  • Always perform a pre-operation inspection.
  • A forklift should only be operated by a trained, competent person.
  • Never let someone operate a forklift who is not qualified to drive.
  • Always wear a seatbelt while operating and use 3 points of contact when entering and exiting.
  • Never attempt to pick up more than the rated capacity of the machine.
  • When picking up a load try to place the forks so the load is square, and make sure the material that you are carrying is secure and won’t fall off during travel.
  • When carrying a load, always face the destination of travel and keep a sharp lookout for low overhead obstructions.
  • Travel with the load lowered and move slowly, signaling with the horn when unable to see around corners or if path is obstructed.
  • Know whether the forklift is battery-powered, uses propane or another fuel source and refuel according to the manufacturer’s manual guidelines.
  • When traveling backward always use a signal person to assist.
  • Do not carry a passenger on the forklift.
  • Be careful around loading docks to not go near an open ledge.


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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