- Use a forklift only if you
have been trained and authorized to do so.
- The use of additional counter
balances on forklifts is strictly forbidden.
- Never allow riders on vehicles
or bicycles to "hitch rides."
- Never ride or allow anyone
to ride on the forks of lift trucks.
- Never place any part of
your body outside the running lines of an industrial truck or
between the mast uprights or other parts of the truck where
shear or crushing hazards exist.
- Never stand, pass, or work
under the elevated portion of any industrial truck, loaded or
empty, unless it is effectively blocked to prevent it from falling.
- Never operate an industrial
truck with a leak in the fuel or hydraulic system
- When operating a forklift,
always look in the direction of travel and never move a vehicle
until you're certain all persons are in the clear.
- When ascending or descending
grades in excess of 10 percent, drive loaded trucks with the
- Always carry the forks as
low as possible, consistent with safe operations.
- When leaving a vehicle unattended,
always shut off the power, set the brakes, lower the forks,
and bring the mast to the vertical position.
When leaving the vehicle on an incline, always chock
- When necessary to elevate
employees using a forklift, make sure the platform is of sufficient
size to accommodate the employee and material elevated, and
that the platform meets the guardrail and toe board requirements
as set forth by CAL/OSHA. Refer to section " Forklift Mounted Work Platforms"
for additional requirements.
- NEVER TOWER OR TRAVEL WITH
A WORKER IN AN ELEVATED PLATFORM.
- Never operate a vehicle
on floors, sidewalks, doors or platforms that will not safely
support the loaded vehicle.
- Always maintain a minimum
distance of one tire width from the edge of any elevated dock,
platform, freight car or truck.
- Never load any truck in
excess of its rated capacity as stated on the manufacturers
- Never move a loaded vehicle
until the load is safe and secure.
- Use extreme care when tilting
loads. NEVER TILT FORWARD WITH THE FORKS ELEVATED, except when
picking up a load. NEVER TILT AND ELEVATED LOAD FORWARD, except
when depositing it onto a storage rack or equivalent. When stacking or tiering, limit backward tilt
to that necessary to stabilize the load.
- Always place the forks in
such a manner that the load will be securely held or supported.
FORKLIFT- MOUNTED WORK PLATFORMS
- If an approved forklift
work platform is used to elevate workers, make sure the work
platform is securely attached to the forks or mast in such a
manner as to prevent tipping, slipping, or falling from the
- Always make sure there is
an operator in the control position on the lift truck while
there is a worker on the elevated platform.
- Do not travel with the workers
on the platform (towering) other than to make minor adjustments
for final positioning of the platform.
- Do not be operate forklifts
within 10 feet of an energized high voltage source unless danger from
accidental contact has been effectively guarded against.
- Never work from a platform
a. exposed to extreme weather conditions (thunderstorms, high
winds, heavy rain, extreme heat/cold etc.) unless provisions
have been made to for the protection and safety of the workers
b. winds exceed 25 miles
- Secure all loose objects
or production equipment.
- Do not use a condor or other
aerial device as a welding ground.
- Do not weld on aerial equipment
without first disconnecting both positive and negative battery
terminals. Refer to the manufacturers equipment manual.
- Obtain the OSHA regulations on man baskets by calling your local