There are many types of mobile equipment; their use depends on the job.

Some examples include:

  • Forklifts, towing equipment, cranes, aerial lifts, and scissor lifts.
  • Automated storage & retrieval systems, order pickers.
  • Machines & hauling equipment (loaders, haul trucks, utility trucks, excavators.)

Operator Safety

  • Do not exceed posted speed limits; if not posted, then ask management.
  • Do not make sharp turns or swings; always understand the center of gravity of the machine; Do not exceed rated loads.
  • Honk at intersections before proceeding; always make sure there is a clear line of sight.
  • Wear seat belts and Personal Protective Equipment, as required.
  • Understand company policy.

Machine Safety

  • Machine safety is the management of safety risks that can occur when operating a machine.
  • Inspect the function of the doors/hinges, hydraulic hoses, nuts/bolts, condition of tires, and other areas.
  • Verify lights, gauges, horns, and other similar equipment are in working order; verify fluids are at required levels.
  • Ensure there are no obstructions or debris in the equipment before starting and the vehicle is free from leaks of any type.
  • Make sure the operating manual has been reviewed before operating any equipment.

Work Environment Safety

  • It is good practice to understand the work environment before entering.
  • Inspect the condition of the ground for holes, obstructions, dips, and uneven surfaces.
  • Inspect the condition of walls, racks, vertical and overhead storage.
  • Verify that the area is well-lit or can be illuminated with vehicle or machine lighting.
  • Always identify pedestrians and other vehicles and verify they see you.

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