How did you get your forklift to work? Do you know how to move it again?
Operating a forklift at a facility with more than one shift can be challenging. Most forklifts don’t include a driver’s license manual. If you work in industrial manufacturing, you’ll likely need to relocate your forklift at some point.
If your forklift is in a different location or building, you might need instructions on how to relocate it based on safety.
This checklist will help you move forklifts confidently; keep them next to your forklift when you need them.
Assessing the Logistics
It is important to check the route of travel and clear the way of any possible obstructions. Once the route is cleared, it is time to engage the forklift.
Ensure that the brakes, controls, and view of travel are all in proper working order. Slowly use the joystick to move the forks forward or backward and maintain a safe speed.
When arriving at the destination, lower the lift, reduce the speed, and engage the brakes at a full stop before exiting.
Preparation & Safety
Moving a forklift requires preparation and safety. Before getting in the vehicle, read the operating manual, check the brakes, and ensure proper oil, fuel, and coolant levels. Inspect all lights, gauges, and horns and ensure the key switch is in the “OFF” position.
Secure the forks on piggyback forklift trailers and masts to protect against folding. Operators should wear seatbelts and proper protective clothing.
Check your surroundings for other people, vehicles, or obstacles. When all is clear, start the forklift and move it in the proper direction.
Proper Load Balance
When moving a forklift, it is important to consider the balance and safety of the load. First, make sure the forklift is on a flat and level surface. Second, you should ensure that the forks are centered before lifting the load for proper load balance.
Next, when driving, keep the load as low to the ground as possible and keep your turns as wide as possible. Maintaining proper load balance is key when using a forklift.
Lifting and Strapping for Transport
Ensure the forklift is securely attached to prevent the machine from slipping off during transport.
To do this, start by simulating the machine’s intended transport process by testing its potential weight and dimensions with straps and chains. You should also ensure that the load is secured to the forks with a secure strap.
Once the forklift has been properly strapped and secured, you can raise the mast and lower the lift for the necessary transport needs. Ensure the lifting straps are not twisted and adjusted to the correct capacity.
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It’s important to remember that a forklift must also be operated carefully and properly for workplace safety. Always double-check to ensure all safety features are securely in place and functioning, and never overload the machine.
With all these steps, your forklift can safely be moved to its new location. So, what are you waiting for? Move heavy equipment today!
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