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Common Sense, Your Most Important Ally with a Forklift

It’s a cliché, but it’s also true…nothing beats common sense, especially as it relates to potentially dangerous jobs. Tree climbers, construction workers, law enforcement personnel and others rely on quick, correct decisions every day on the job. And so do forklift drivers. img1

A forklift driver has to use common sense for a variety of job situations. The circumstance could change, but one aspect should always remain the same – when in doubt, use common sense.

There are a ton of online examples of what NOT to do with a forklift, and these are absent of anything that could be called common sense. Speeding, turning corners too fast, ignoring safety hazards – if your supervisor would frown upon it, then you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

These core concepts of “common sense” read like a list of smart things to do when driving a forklift.

  • Watch your speed, especially when transporting heavy loads.
  • Obey all safety rules.
  • Don’t cut corners – literally and figuratively.
  • Keep your forklift maintained and checked on a daily basis.
  • If you have to make an extra trip, make the trip. Many accidents are caused by top-heavy loads.
  • Report all accidents – however minor you may think they are – immediately to your supervisor.
  • Remember, ignoring safety procedures not only puts you in danger, but it also jeopardizes your co-workers.

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