From a distance, using and operating a fork lift truck looks very easy. However, just like any other machine one needs to be careful when operating it. First, make sure you have qualified operators. They must be authorized, must have undergone training, and possess a license. A well-trained driver must know even the simplest rules like how to dress accordingly. This means that you should have high visibility clothes, safety shoes, and hard hats.
To ensure all your lift trucks are safe to use, inspect them well before engaging them in any assignment. In addition, any problem detected should be reported and attended to immediately. It is extremely dangerous to operate trucks that need repair. Before operating the truck, make sure you are in the truck first. Seat position and armrest can be adjusted until all the controls are easily accessible. After that, study your operating environment and be fully aware of things going on around you so that you know what to avoid and what way to follow.
Most trucks especially electric forklifts usually have a speed limit. Do not exceed the limit. Excess speed can hurt people near you or cause a tip over when taking a sharp turn. Be careful around bumps, potholes, or lying objects on the path. Driving over them could make the load unstable. When driving, make sure the forks are not above the ground and the load is tilted back. This keeps the load as low as possible and improves stability and visibility.