When traveling, the empty forks should be in what position?
Ride with the forks as low to the ground as possible and angled back (usually no more than 10-15 cm (4-6 inches) above the ground).
What position should the forks be in when driving a forklift?
Keep the forks 6-10 inches above the ground to avoid potential ground hazards. Remember that forklifts are very heavy. Carry the load low and leaning back. Be careful when carrying a load on an uneven surface; this creates a risk of overturning.
When traveling empty, do the forks have to be raised?
What is the correct position of the forks when the forklift is left unattended?
What is the correct position of the forks when a forklift is unattended? When parking a forklift, the operator must lower the forks to the ground. The operator must also check that the forks are touching the ground before leaving the lift. In addition, the operator must engage the emergency brake of his lift.
How far should you stand from a forklift?
The safe travel distance between forklifts is about three truck lengths, or about a three-second time lapse when passing the same point. Specifically, there are about 20 feet between forklifts. The three second rule is the same for automobiles on the road and is equally important for forklifts.
What are the 3 pedals on a forklift?
There are three types of forklift pedals: accelerator, brake and clutch. A typical forklift has all three pedals present, but there are exceptions. For example, some forklifts have an inching pedal that is used to disengage the forklift’s transmission and slow the machine down or bring it to a complete stop.
When you park or leave the forklift, do you have to remove the ignition key?
When parking a forklift, bring the vehicle to a slow stop, apply the parking brake, switch off the ignition and remove the keys. If you park on a slope, position the front wheels away from the slope so that the forklift does not slip.
What is the safe speed for a forklift?
The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) recommends a maximum speed of 8 mph in general and a maximum speed of 3 mph in areas where pedestrians are present.
What is the best way to position a forklift?
To achieve a safe “parked” position of forks, an operator fully lowers the forks with the mast vertical. The mast is then tilted slightly forward until the fork tips touch the ground, preventing a pedestrian from dropping the hook. Help limit the damage that can occur in your warehouse.
What happens if a forklift is transported too high?
For example, if a pedestrian exits 6 feet in front of an operator with the forks or load carried too high, the pedestrian could be knocked over and dragged under the load against spinning tires for up to 10 feet of travel. The chances of survival are very slim. Per OSHA regulations, always tip the forks back when carrying a load.
How high should the forks be on a forklift?
The height of the forks should be sufficient to clear the ground, too high a height is a safety issue as you can hit someone on the head or lower torso. When traveling with a load, always be sure to tilt the forklift mast backwards so that the load sits firmly against the backrest to make it safer during transport.
What should the center of gravity of a forklift be?
By doing this you move the center of gravity to the rear of the forklift making it safer when traveling. Evenly distribute the weight of the load. If the load is off-center, it may cause the forklift to tip over. Place the heaviest load near the front wheels of the truck. Never overload, see the lift truck’s load capacity on the nameplate.