To prevent forklift injuries:

  • Do not operate a forklift without being certified and trained.
  • Forklift operators should wear their safety belts.
  • Do not jump from an overturning forklift. Keep your body inside the forklift frame. Ride it out and lean in the opposite direction of the overturn.
  • Do not place yourself between two forklifts.
  • Do not handle loads that are heavier than the load capacity of the forklift.
  • Make sure that the travel path of the forklift is clear from the floor to the height of the load being moved.
  • Do not step on elevated loads.
  • It is a violation of a Federal law for anyone under 18 years of age to operate a forklift.

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Published in Kentucky Haz Alert, v. 8, issue 2.