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Whether you own a small retail store, a small warehouse, or other small business, there are almost always good reasons to invest in a forklift. Any small business that stores and handles some form of product or merchandise will need a piece of equipment that can make maneuvering this material less of a physically repetitive and strenuous feat. While investing in your own forklift is a good idea, having a forklift on site at your place of business for the first time will also mean getting used to a few basic rules of safety. Here are a few safety rules you need to implement in your small business setting if you are getting a forklift to keep on site.
Make sure only trained operators are allowed to use the forklift.
Forklifts look like a simple piece of equipment, but they can take some getting used where operation is concerned. These vehicles steer in a variant way than what most people who have driven a car will expect. Before employees are allowed to use the forklift at your place of business, make sure they have been properly trained. It is not a bad idea to require employees to take forklift training classes that are offered through local training centers.
Never leave a forklift in an area where it is unattended and accessible to customers.
A forklift left unsupervised can be an incredibly dangerous thing in a public place of business. Make sure all forklift operators are trained to never leave the forklift running without them inside, never leave the vehicle unattended and open to public access, and never leave the keys in the forklift when it is not in use. Create a designated spot where the forklift should be parked at the end of a shift or when it is not and use and require keys to be returned to you, management, or otherwise left in the care of someone in charge.
Make sure the flooring where the forklift will be used is in good condition.
Forklifts have the capability to carry massive loads of weight, but problematic flooring can shift the center of gravity for a loaded forklift and cause whatever is being hauled or lifted to topple. Make sure the areas where the forklift will be used are kept well cleaned and maintained. Have any potholes, ridges, or other surface discrepancies repaired right away and make it a rule that the floors be swept free of debris before the forklift can be used.