Forklift Safety

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Forklift Safety

Legislation

1. Do the forklifts meet the established design and construction requirements?


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2. Has the forklift been modified?


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3. Was written approval obtained from the truck manufacturer for any modifications or additions that affect the capacity and safe operation of the vehicle?


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4. Capacity, operation and maintenance instruction plates, tags or decals are changed to specify any modifications or additions to the vehicle.


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5. Are all nameplates and markings in place and in a legible condition?


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6. Are forklifts that are used in hazardous locations appropriately marked/approved for such usage?


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Batteries

1. Are batteries being charged only in designated areas?


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2. Are appropriate facilities provided for flushing and neutralizing spilled electrolytes?


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3. Are appropriate arrangements made for fire extinguishing?


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4. Are appropriate arrangements made for protecting charging apparatus from damage by trucks?


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5. Is there access to adequate ventilation to disperse fumes from gassing batteries?


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6. Are conveyors, overhead hoists or other materials handling equipment provided for handling batteries?


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7. Are reinstalled batteries properly positioned and secured?


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8. Are siphons or carboy tilters used for handling electrolytes?


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9. Are forklifts are properly positioned and brakes applied before workers start to change or charge batteries?


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10. Are the vent caps fully functional?


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11. Are precautions taken to avoid smoking, any open flames, sparks or electric arcs in battery charging areas and during storage/changing of propane fuel tanks?


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12. Are tools and other metallic objects kept away from the top of uncovered/open batteries?


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13. Are the concentrations of noxious gases and fumes monitored to be below acceptable levels?


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Training

1. Have forklift operators been trained and evaluated by certified persons with the knowledge, training and experience to train operators and evaluate their performance?


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2. Have forklift operators successfully completed training and evaluation?


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3. Are forklift operators competent to operate a vehicle safely?


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4. Did the training program include all truck-related, workplace-related topics and the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.178 for safe truck operation?


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5. Is refresher training provided whenever an operator was observed operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner or has been involved in an accident or a near-miss incident?


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6. Is refresher training and evaluation conducted whenever an operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck or whenever a condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect safe operation of the truck?


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7. Is the performance of every operator evaluated at least once every three years?


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Safe Practices

1. When a forklift is left unattended, are load engaging means are fully lowered, with controls neutralized, power shut off and brakes set?


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2. Are operators maintaining a safe distance from the edge of ramps or platforms while using forklifts on any elevated dock, platform or freight car?


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3. Is there sufficient headroom for the forklift and operator under overhead installations, lights, pipes, sprinkler systems, etc.?


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4. Are overhead guards provided and in good condition to protect forklift operators from falling objects?


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5. Do operators observe all traffic regulations, including authorized plant speed limits?


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6. Are drivers required to look in the direction of and keep a clear view of the path of travel?


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7. Are dock boards (bridge plates) are properly secured when loading or unloading from dock to truck?


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8. Are there clear signs promoting safe driving?


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9. Are all loads stable, safely arranged and fall within the rated capacity of the truck?


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10. Do operators turn off the engine before filling the fuel tanks?


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11. Are replacement parts of trucks of the same quality and safety as those used in the original design?


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12. Are all forklifts examined for safety before being placed into service?


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13. Are all unsafe or defective forklifts removed from service?


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