The Pre-Operational Safety Inspection

You’ve heard the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Getting into the habit of regularly inspecting all equipment is a simple but important preventative measure, and should be part of every operator’s daily pre-shift routine. A visual “circle check” and pre-use operational check will reduce the chance of equipment being […]

Lights, Horn, Mirrors, Action!

Is your forklift ready for action? All forklifts in BC are required to be properly equipped and maintained. See if your forklift is ready by answering the following questions: Q: Do forklifts require regularly scheduled preventative maintenance (PM) service? A: YES! All mobile equipment must be regularly maintained as per the manufacturer’s instructions for safe […]

Do I have to wear my seatbelt?

Most Canadians wear their seatbelts while driving their vehicle on the road. But many Canadian forklift operators do not wear their seatbelt while operating their forklift. Let’s compare. Most passenger vehicles come equipped with 3-point seatbelts, a soft impact dash, a collapsible steering column, air bags, impact bumpers, crumple zones, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, doors, roof […]

Are my forks OK?

Forks – one of the most critical lifting components on your forklift, and often the most overlooked. The forks that perform the heavy lifting on the front of the forklift require attention before every shift. Lifting fork inspections: Before each shift – inspect the condition of your forks as part of the pre-shift inspection process. […]

The 3-point Stance (entering & exiting equipment)

Each year, workers are hurt getting on or off trucks, forlifts, aerial work platforms. Learn the safe way to mount and dismount. When getting on or off equipment, you need three points of constant contact with the machine. That means one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot – at all times. […]