Forklift Safety Training
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1. Did you watch the YouTube video titled "Forklift Operator Safety Training" prior to taking this quiz?
You must view the YouTube video titled "Forklift Operator Safety Training" prior to receiving your certification (even if you received a passing score on this quiz).
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2. It is permissible to overload the truck by 25 percent if additional counterweights are used.
Never overload a forklift truck as it's an accident waiting to happen. Know the capacity of your forklift and any attachments being used and never exceed this capacity. An overloaded vehicle can cause the rear tires to be raised off the ground and may cause the forklift to tip over.
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3. Not observing the “rear end swing” is a probable cause for a majority of damage to finished goods.
Forklift trucks steer from the rear axle and pivot on the front wheels, the rear end (counterweight) swinging wide when turning. Ensure that the rear end swings clear of materials, racks equipment and pedestrians when rounding corners or maneuvering in aisle and tight places.
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4. The operator should know what materials are being handled, how much it weighs, and how high it should be stacked.
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5. The truck operator does not have to pay much attention to utilities such as wiring, piping, sprinkler heads, or electrical boxes.
Check your overhead clearance. Keep the truck at least 10 feet from any overhead electrical wires. Watch for overhead obstructions like pipes and low doors. If they are hit while moving, a lift truck can tip over.
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6. Operators should check their trucks at the beginning of each shift.
When using a forklift, workers should begin by performing basic safety checks on the components of the forklift, including the fluids, tires, controls, warning devices, seating, brakes and mast forks.
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7. Under no condition should anyone be permitted under elevated forks or loads.
Never stand near or under loaded forklift tines/forks. Forklifts can drop their load or knock over a stack of materials, causing a possible caught/crush injury. Always wait until a forklift is idle and the parking brake is ON, before entering an active forklift working zone.
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8. It is a common practice to go up a ramp with the forks and the load up front.
Loaded forklifts must be driven with the load pointed up the ramp (good standard practice is to ALWAYS drive with the load pointed up the ramp or slope). Raise levels should be limited to the minimum height necessary for ground clearance.
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9. If you are not able to see because of a large load in front of you, it is better to drive backwards than to try and see around it on one side.
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10. If they ask, maintenance or repair people may be lifted on the forks to reach their work.
No riders are permitted on forklift. A person may not ride or be elevated on the forks of a lift truck or pallet jack without the use of a safety platform.
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11. Operators must face the direction in which the machine is traveling.
The operator of the forklift truck is responsible for operating in a safe manner; this includes avoiding all pedestrians in the work area. Always face the direction of travel.
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