- 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 load upgrade.
- 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 the wheels.
- 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 ID plate.
- 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 supports.
- 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 when:
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 per hour.
- 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 OSHA office.