In this article, you”ll learn:

  • The key areas that cause safety concerns
  • Tips to stay safe 

Safety Refresher

There is no better time than National Forklift Safety Day for a refresher on lift truck safety, so without further ado, here it is: In this piece, we’re focusing on four main areas where things can go wrong: pedestrians, lifting a load, large-sized loads, and noticing signs of problems before they arise.


Toyota material handling equipment operators should check around corners of aisles and be careful coming through doorways. Being struck by material handling equipment makes up the largest percentage of industrial workplace injuries. It is important for operators to honk the horn before turning corners and going through doorways. Also, installing blue and red warning lights or flashing strobe lights on forklifts helps pedestrians notice equipment in motion. Operators should also travel with and without loads with the forks lowered 2″– 4″off the ground. Pedestrians also need to do their part when walking in an industrial warehouse, stick to restricted walking areas when applicable, and be vigilant in securing their safety.

 Pre-Shift Checklist

Another way to prevent injury is to spot conditions that may lead to a forklift or equipment malfunction before it happens. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that operators perform a pre-shift inspection before they start their shift. Spotting cracked tires or damaged valves and hosing could prevent an injury. Anything noticed should be reported immediately to the shift supervisor. You can watch a video on how to conduct a pre-shift inspection here!

 Big Loads and Attachments 

Larger-sized loads will affect actual capacity causing de-rate due to their increased load center. If you have to lift larger than normal loads, calculate your actual load capacity here! Attachments also do this. Attachments are required to correspond to an accompanying data plate that states the capacity and any de-rate that is caused.

 Lifting a Load

Operators should not, under any circumstances, have equipment in motion while using the mast to lift or lower. The forklift or equipment should completely stop before raising or lowing the forks with or without a load. Moving with an elevated mast could cause the forklift or equipment to tip over or the load to fal