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The Proper Attire to Wear on a Forklift

“Dress for success.”


The saying applies to Wall Street businessmen, top executives and other office-type jobs.

And while a forklift driver doesn’t need a suit & tie to perform his or her job, it’s still a good idea to dress the part. In fact, safety clothing is essential to succeeding in your career as an equipment operator. When it comes to operating forklifts, the right equipment, tools and clothing can keep you safe and prevent injuries and fatalities.

Let’s review the ideal clothes to wear while driving or operating a forklift. This applies to truck loaders, warehouse workers, dockyard hands and all other forklift jobs.

1)      Check your employer’s policy on clothes. Your boss may require uniforms and other unique clothing. Uniforms are sometimes supplied by an outside company, while for other jobs, uniforms are the responsible of the worker. forklift attire

2)      Don’t skip the safety clothing. For some warehouse and dockyard jobs (along with other forklift drivers) are required to wear reflective or bright clothes. These clothes let other people know that heavy-duty machines are in use. If you are required to wear safety clothes and fail to wear them, you might be told to leave your forklift and return with the proper clothes. This category can also include safety goggles.

3)      Keep it loose, but not too loose. Forklift drivers need to be comfortable throughout the day. Tight-fitting clothes are not an ideal choice, so it’s a good idea to wear lightweight clothes that are durable yet comfortable.

4)      Remember the hats and gloves. Beyond your pants, shirts, shoes and jackets, your job might need gloves or hats. Some forklift drivers work in refrigerated or freezer warehouses, where temperatures can go below zero degrees. Stay warm!

The Benefits of Wearing Proper Safety Clothing

The top causes of forklift-related injuries and fatalities are tip overs, struck by, and crushed by accidents. Forklifts often operate inside warehouses, in tight spaces and narrow aisles. The chances of hitting an object, a warehouse shelving unit, or an on-foot worker are high in these cases and it’s important for both pedestrians and operators to wear proper safety clothing. The use of a hard hat can protect your head if an object falls from a top shelf or pallet rack, and if your forklift tipped over. Reflective clothing can alert your position to other forklift operators and pedestrians, and safety goggles can keep your vision and line of sight clear when working indoors or outside in a construction zone. Each of these small but essential safety clothing items can help prevent accidents and protect workers’ lives.

Where to Receive Forklift Certification and Learn More About Proper Safety Clothing is your #1 source for online forklift training courses. We have 3 different programs: Train the Trainer, Forklift Training & Certification Kit and our Bundle Package.

Our Forklift Training & Certification course covers warehouse forklifts, pallet jacks and order pickers, and rough terrain forklifts. You will learn everything you need to know to operate all types of forklifts safely, perform equipment inspections, assess the environment for hazards, and understand the tools and types of safety clothing needed to prevent accidents. You will also be OSHA-compliant and will be able to print your certificate immediately after completing the online course.

Each course is designed by professional forklift drivers and helps you (and your company) become OSHA-compliant. OSHA is always looking for safety violations, and these can include clothing and attire for forklift drivers. Don’t take any changes – call us today! We can be reached at (888) 278-8896, or you can send a message or request a quote on our contact page.

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