Getting Aboard the Forklift
Amongst the keys to maintaining operator safety is the 3-point dismount. Even if this is usually ignored, it is a major factor in keeping operator's safe. For instance, several years ago, at a forklift rally, a contestant executed the course perfectly at a lift truck rally. At the end of his run, he was so excited, that he jumped off of his machinery and completely forgot to make a 3-point dismount. He didn't win the competition because he judges ended up docking marks from his overall score.
The really serious problem of dismounting and mounting the forklift is covered in training. Having the operators wear their seatbelts could additionally help save their lives in event of any tip-overs. It is truly necessary to understand that if the center of gravity of a loaded lift truck moves outside of the stability triangle then a tip-over situation can happen. Skilled drivers seldom ever run into a tip-over situation, although, it is really essential that they are ready for that risk in case it occurs.
Dismounting and mounting of lift trucks is important for ensuring the driver stays safe. This is also true even on low platform pallet jacks. There are way too many injuries sustained from utilizing these machines. Some of the serious situations comprise: Driver's catching their loose clothing or coveralls while dismounting and can end up falling and wrenching their back. At times, the driver can break or sprain an ankle when they step off of a forklift. The operator could break an arm accidentally while slipping and falling off of the pallet jack. The operator can suffer from torn shoulder muscles if they slip on floor debris when they are still hanging onto the handhold with one hand.
Having 3 points of contact is essential when dismounting or mounting a forklift so as to keep you safe. The 3 points can be obtained by 1 foot and 2 hands or by 1 hand and 2 feet. This stance is precisely like climbing up or down a ladder. Remember to face the machinery at all times. Operators usually have a tendency to face away from the equipment or to hop or jump off the machinery and these mistakes greatly reduce the overall possibility being injured.
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