Even as a forklift comes to a stop there are procedures and safety precautions to be taken. Although using a forklift may increase the efficiency of work, there are still safety precautions when using, and even when the forklifts are not in use.
In our previous article, we have talked about how to improve forklift safety procedures. That article focuses mainly on the precautions that you need to take before using a forklift or when a forklift is in use. In this article, we will be diving into the proper measures and what to do when the forklifts are not in use. So without further ado, let’s find out the proper way to park a forklift.
Understanding The Potential Hazards
When using a forklift, one has to be alert at all times. There have been cases where forklift accidents happen due to negligence. This is why it is also essential for forklift operators and the people who work around the area to understand the proper way to park a forklift.
Before diving into the proper way to park a forklift, one must understand the potential hazards even when forklifts are not in use. Firstly, the prongs of the forklift might trip or hurt people if they try to walk over or under the fork even when it is not in use.
Without the right protective boots, the operator might slip and fall when mounting and dismounting the forklift. Leaving a forklift while the ignition is still on might also cause unwanted accidents if the brakes are not properly pulled. These are the few common mistakes and accidents that might happen if the operator is not aware of the proper way to park a forklift.
Steps Before Parking
There are a few considerations that you need to take into account before parking a forklift. First of all, you would have to choose a place to park and ensure that it is an authorized space for forklifts to park. Slowly pull the brake when the forklift is in the parking space and avoid any sudden brakes that might cause a shock and injuries to anyone around the forklift and the forklift operator.
Once you have pulled the brakes, ensure that the controls have been neutralized for the next forklift operator. Failure to put the controls on neutral might cause an accident in the future. Next is to make sure that you have your protective boots that will not cause the forklift operator to slip and fall when dismounting the forklift.
Lastly, ensure that there are no stairways or roads that the forklift might block if parked in the area. It is important to park the forklift where it would not be a hazard to anyone. This is also why companies should have a special authorized place to park forklifts to avoid operators parking forklifts haphazardly.
Proper Way To Park A Forklift
It’s dangerous to leave a running forklift unattended. A forklift operator should never leave the forklift unattended at all costs. If necessary, the forklift operator should only be apart for less than 25 feet apart from the forklift and the forklift should still be in their view. Leaving a forklift unattended might cause accidents and damage to the people working around the area as well as the forklift.
Other than having certifications and forklift license, forklift operators should also understand the proper way to park a forklift. Firstly, forklifts should be parked at an authorized space meant to park forklifts and the ground should be stable. As much as possible, the grounds to park a forklift should not be inclined. If the situation does not allow and the forklift has to be parked at an incline, then the wheels should be blocked after parking to prevent any possible movements and cause accidents.
Ensure that the forklifts are parked at a safe place where it does not block any road, stairways, or fire safety equipment. Before you dismount the forklift, it is important to make sure that you have properly put the forklift on the parking brake. The fork should also be fully lowered and the tip of the fork should touch the floor. This is to prevent anybody from walking under the fork of the forklifts.
If the forklift fork could not be lowered to touch the floor, there are other procedures that the forklift operator should follow to ensure that the forklift fork would not be a hazard to anyone working near the area.
After parking the forklift, the forklift operator should never jump off the forklift, but should always carefully dismount to prevent slipping off and falling down. The same goes for when the operator mounts the forklift to use it, the forklift operator should pay attention to their shoes to see if it is slippery. This is why forklift operators should always wear safety equipment including safety boots to prevent any injuries.
These are the few steps to help forklift operators and people working around the forklifts to work in a safer environment and improve workplace safety. Just like any other vehicle, the quality of the forklifts also plays a huge part in ensuring that the operators are safe. Having longer-lasting spare parts or better quality forklifts would improve your workplace safety immensely.