The main objective of this session is to discuss rough terrain forklift safety. By the time this session is over, you should be able to identify rough terrain forklift hazards; understand stability principles; follow basic safety rules; inspect forklifts and worksites for safety; and prevent tipovers.
Why “Introduction to Rough Terrain Forklift Safety—Spanish” Matters:
- Although rough terrain forklifts are versatile and extremely useful, they can also be hazardous in a number of ways.
- OSHA reports that about 35,000 serious injuries are caused annually by forklift accidents and many more lesser injuries.
- In addition to injuries, forklift accidents frequently cause expensive damage to materials and structures.
- Most rough terrain forklift accidents are the result of operator error.
- Before operating a rough terrain forklift, you should always conduct a brief but careful inspection of the equipment.
- Never operate a rough terrain forklift unless you are trained and authorized.
- You must know how to safely load, unload, and drive a rough terrain forklift to prevent accidents and injuries.
- You must understand stability principles related to forklifts and the environments they are operated in.
- An incorrectly loaded forklift is unstable and could tip over or drop its load.