Renovating a three story house proved to be more work than I originally thought it would be. Adding two bathrooms to the upper levels with beautiful garden tubs seemed like a great idea on paper, but when it came down to getting the tubs up to where they needed to go, we ran into several problems. The contractor suggested that we consider renting a crane to get some of the heavy stuff lifted to the upper levels - that was a brilliant idea. If you are considering a project such as this, read through my blog to find out how heavy construction equipment can make the impossible possible.
Forklifts are one of the most commonly utilized pieces of equipment on any given construction site today. However, as with any piece of construction equipment, this heavy machinery can be extremely dangerous to operate if the proper safety precautions aren't followed. Specifically, there are some often-overlooked dos and don'ts of forklift safety that need to be kept in mind while operating a forklift on any site.
DO Complete an Inspection Prior to Use
A thorough inspection should be completed by all forklift operators before using the machinery. Even if the forklift passed a safety checklist yesterday, another inspection should be completed today to ensure that the equipment is still in safe working order. Also, be sure to report any potential issues with a forklift to a supervisor so it can be locked out for maintenance. And if you feel a forklift is unsafe to operate for any reason, don't take any chances.
DON'T Exceed the Posted Weight Capacity
All forklifts have a maximum weight capacity that will be listed in the operation manual. All too often, operators will think it's no big deal to exceed that capacity by a few hundred pounds. In reality, this can create an extremely dangerous situation, especially when operating the equipment outdoors or in otherwise harsh conditions. Always follow posted capacity limitations. They're in place for a reason.
DO Remain Aware of Your Surroundings
You understand the importance of keeping yourself safe while operating a forklift; this is why you take the time to conduct safety checklists and wear the appropriate gear (including a hard hat) while operating it. However, you should also keep in mind that you're responsible for the safety of others on the job site while operating a forklift. Always be aware of your surroundings and double (or triple) check behind and on either side of you before maneuvering a turn or operating the forklift in reverse.
DON'T Overlook Available Training
Even if you're already a certified forklift operator, there's a good chance that your employer offers forklift safety training from time to time. Even if this training is completely optional, you should consider attending--especially if it's been a few years since you became certified to operate a forklift. Getting a refresher on forklift operation safety, as well as on any other construction equipment you handle, every few years can help you stay as safe and alert as possible, thus reducing your chances of being involved in an accident or other incident.Share
18 April 2016