If you fancy a change of career, would love an outdoor job and like to be always on the move, then perhaps you should consider becoming a forklift operator. This can be a rewarding position and has a lot of variety, but you have to exercise a lot of care in order to do the job properly. What do you need to think about before getting a forklift licence and operating any equipment like this?
Any forklift operator should carefully inspect the equipment each day before work commences. They should never assume that the vehicle is in exactly the same condition as it was when they last used it and should in particular have a look at the tyres, steering and brakes and make sure that any damage is first of all notified to management for further instructions.
Make all necessary adjustments to the seating position and ensure that safety belts are fastened before moving off. The operator must pay attention to their surroundings at all times and only drive the forklift in areas that have been designed for its presence. When transporting any weight, it's very important to only work within operational guidelines and move at the appropriate speed to ensure that the vehicle is always stable. Be aware of the position of the mast and guard whenever entering restricted space or going through doorways and keep the machine a safe distance from any dangerous equipment at all times.
A forklift truck is not meant to be used on uneven surfaces at any time and is not equipped to operate safely in slippery areas. If you come across any of these conditions you should always stop and seek advice from management before proceeding. Furthermore, the forklift has a horn and this should be used whenever working in confined spaces, or when other people are around, in order to avoid a collision of any kind.
Securing the Load
As a forklift truck operator, it is your responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is not overloaded and to make sure that any load is secure before being transported. It may be necessary to use some fastenings to secure a load and these should be attached carefully before moving away.
Safety at All Times
Finally, the driver must keep away from moving sections of the mast when they are under load. It's possible that the equipment could fail and this could cause serious injury to anyone who is nearby or touching the equipment at the wrong time.
Training Is Essential
To make sure that you are completely ready for your new career as a forklift truck driver you should get the best training available, so that you are fully qualified going forward.