Safety should always be top priority in any industry and when it comes to forklift operation there are many common mistakes which can be avoided by following the tips presented in this article.

According to Shaun Collins, chief operating officer of Masslift Africa, the sole distributor of Mitsubishi forklifts in Southern Africa, “At Masslift Africa, we are committed to providing our customers with high-performing, cost-efficient and robust forklifts that they can trust. But we also know that safety is a top priority, which is why we are dedicated to educating our customers on best practices and helping them avoid common mistakes made by forklift operators.”

Karabo Lebelo next to the Grendia Mitsubishi forklift. Image credit: Masslift Africa

Karabo Lebelo next to the Grendia Mitsubishi forklift. Image credit: Masslift Africa

Some simple steps that industries can take to improve forklift safety in the new year include:

  1. Load Test Compliance Certificate must be valid and passed.
  2. Operators must have a valid license to operate the equipment.
  3. Ensure the full daily checklist is completed between each shift.
  4. Perform a daily check of all tyres to ensure they are in good working condition.
  5. Following recommended speed limits set by your company to reduce the risk of accidents.
  6. Check the battery levels and cables regularly to prevent issues.
  7. Ensure that brakes are always in proper working condition.
  8. Using indicators to signal turning direction and using hand signals as a backup if necessary.
  9. Knowing the maximum capacity of the forklift, and the weight and length of the load, as not to overload the forklift.
  10. Wearing protective gear like hard hats, safety glasses and high visibility clothing.
  11. Avoiding distractions like texting or using a phone while driving.
  12. Following proper operating procedures, such as securing loads properly, driving with the load against the front face of the forks as not to ‘tip handle’ and never driving with the forks more than 30cms off the ground.

By implementing these safety measures and being mindful of common mistakes, industries can create a safer work environment, reduce the risk of accidents and improve productivity in the new year.

Masslift Africa