Daewoo Counterbalance Forklifts
Utilizing a Regular Counterbalance forklift
1 Before utilizing the equipment, carry out a pre-shift check. OSHA guidelines do state that pre-shift checklists have to be performed each day or every shift. Each different equipment and its attachments has its own checklist listing emergency brakes, lights, brakes, steering, horn, controls and safety features.
2 When starting up the equipment and check the controls, it is vital to make certain that the seatbelt is fixed firmly and the seat has been adjusted for your maximum comfort. Look beneath the machinery after you move it for any signs of leaks. The operation of each type of lift truck is different.
3 Don't forget differences in the basics of forklift operation compared to a standard vehicle. The rear end swing of the forklift occurs due to the fact that the truck steers utilizing its rear wheels. Forgetting this detail is a main reasons for accidents and injuries to employees. The nearly 90-degree turn from the front wheels should be performed with great caution. These top-heavy equipment have a high center of gravity even without a load. When moving or lifting a load this top-heaviness is exacerbated.
4 Keep forks close to the ground when traveling. Use caution when approaching loads. Be sure the forks line up correctly with the pallet. Lift the load only as high as is required, tilting it back to help stabilize the machine. Drive backwards only if the load is very bulky that it interferes with the vision of the driver.
5 Prior to loading and unloading, check the wheels on trailers/trucks. When lifting a load, it is not advised to travel on slopes. The equipment could tip over on a slope. When driving on a slope is unavoidable, always drive up the slope and back down. The load must be kept on the uphill side of the truck.
6 The operator must be firmly in control all the time. The main cause of operator injuries is tip-over. The operator should never try to jump out of the truck in case of a tip-over. The safest method is to lean away from the direction of fall while holding the steering wheel and bracing your feet.
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