Even the best forklift operators are subjected to making common and routine mistakes. However, knowledge is power and mistakes create experience. Making a mistake with a forklift can provide drastic and dire consequences, so it is best to avoid these mishaps at all costs. Here are four common operator mistakes that are known to produce workplace incidents that could have been easily avoidable. Don’t make these mistakes, instead be aware of these potential errors and take action to prevent future accidents and incidents in any material handling operation. Miscommunication If you are operating a forklift, there are many methods of conveying intent. The most efficient method of communicating to employees and personnel is to use lights and signals when needed to alert oncoming traffic and nearby workers. If these devices do not work, it is best to not operate the machine. If you find yourself in a bind, convey intent with clear and concise verbal communication and hand signals. Second, ensure the backup alarm is working. A backup alarm alerts all in close proximity that the operator is backing up. This is even more essential when the operator may not be able to see an employee behind the forklift due to blind spots. Failing to Check Hydraulic Fluid This is another common blunder that can lead to disastrous consequences. Failing to check hydraulic fluid can lead to a failure in the machinery when lifting bulky or cumbersome goods. It is imperative to check hydraulic fluid before beginning operation as it can protect the safety and well-being of fellow employees and prevent damage to products and the forklift itself. Forgetting to Check Gas and Battery This is a fundamental task that is essential to assure that there is a limited chance of malfunction. How do forklifts run best? Make sure […]
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