The safety of MHE operators is imperative when dealing with material handling equipment such as Toyota forklifts and the like. It is critical to ensure you and your team know how to identify high-risk situations and how to safely execute tasks.
At Toyota Industrial Equipment, encouraging forklift safety amongst our clients is one of our main priorities. Following these basic forklift safety tips will contribute towards mitigating risk in your workplace and creating a culture amongst forklift operators that promotes forklift safety.
Trained forklift operators improve safety and increase efficiency in the workplace. In fact, too often forklift training is neglected and the result leads to injuries, damaged products, and equipment downtime. There are clear benefits to making sure operators are trained:
Forklifts that you buy, rent or hire must be inspected thoroughly before every use. If your team identifies any concerns, they must report these immediately to their shift supervisor. Never operate any forklifts in need of maintenance and repairs.
Regular daily inspections of the controls, brakes, steering, tyres, warning devices, and mast help avoid failed forklift accidents. Read more about our forklift inspection checklist here.
All MHE operators are obligated to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (“PPE”). This usually includes a hard hat, safety shoes and a high-visibility jacket. PPE must fit well and needs to be task-specific, as any distraction can quickly become a safety hazard.
Never exceed a forklift loading capacity, as this can quickly lead to an accident. When buying a forklift or renting one, observe the maximum load for the forklift and any attachments. Read more about why this is especially important before buying or renting a forklifthere.
There must be a designated area for refuelling on your premises. A designated fuel area helps avoid fuel spillages happening in several places. Ensure the forklift engine is off before refuelling and ensure the designated area is well ventilated and away from any possible open flames.
Good visibility is key to avoiding accidents. If an operator cannot see their load, the route ahead, or the unloading destination, they must immediately stop operating the forklift. Using guesswork while operating a forklift will inevitably result in an accident.
At Toyota Forklift, we have many different forklift types and classifications. Every forklift model has its own specifications such as weight limit, turning radius, travelling speed and mast height. You have to know your equipment to follow safety practices adequately. If you are unsure about this, reach out to our team who will assist you to identify the right forklift type based on your operational needs.
Check the loads are stable prior to attempting to lift or move a load or stack. Increase the equipment’s stability by travelling with the load tilted backwards and keeping the forks as low as possible. You can also use ropes to secure stacks and heavy loads.
Adhere to designated speed limits. Do not change direction suddenly or make sudden sharp turns, as these actions could cause the forklift to tip over.
At Toyota Forklifts and via our partner, CFAO Equipment SA, we have an array of forklifts available for sale or rent. Our value-added services under our Toyota Industrial Equipment division assist with safety which includes forklift load testing, engineering workshops, product training, repair workshops and more! Read more about our full service offering here.