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Examines proper safety procedures for operating and maintaining powered pallet jacks. Topics include operator safety rules, daily maintenance procedures, and general safety procedures when operating this equipment. Also used to train manual pallet jack operatorsExcerpt:
A very important piece of equipment in the warehouse andmaterial handling areas is the electric pallet jack. It’s an economical andversatile unit designed to move stacks of materials from once place to anothersafely, and without injury or product damage. Because it’s easy to use andprovides such durable service its natural to take them for granted, but thereare basic safety rules and operating procedures required when using this typeof equipment. Maintenance of the equipment is equally important. This shortprogram provides some basic safety tips and maintenance procedures, but wecan’t list all the rules and operating procedures. Be sure to follow yourorganization’s policies and procedures when using or operating this type ofequipment. Each electric pallet jack manufacturer has different operatingprocedures and safety rules so be sure to read and understand the rules foreach type of equipment used.
Let’s begin with a basic understanding of the pallet jack.Keep in mind each manufacturer’s vehicle may be slightly different than theones we use in our demonstration, but the basic principles apply to mostequipment. The vehicle itself is composed of directional and speed controllevers. Horn. Lift. And lower. And high speed controls. Bar support handle. Battery.Pallet forks for the load. Load wheels and tires. A skid runner. Riderplatform. Drive unit cover, and steering, and brake control handles. You’llbecome familiar with all the controls and levers through on-the-job training byyour supervisor, and as you gain experience with this equipment. It’s importantto know and understand the operating rules, maintenance procedures, and all thesafety rules used with this type of equipment. Take a look at the data plate onyour specific vehicle. It will provide some specific data about the vehiclesuch as serial number, make, model, but more importantly it will provide the maximumsafe load capacity of the vehicle. Never exceed the safe load capacity at anytime.
Let’s briefly look at some basic operating rules for thistype of equipment.
1) Knowyour equipment. Do not operate your equipment until you’ve been trained and authorizedby your company. Read all warnings and instructions in the operator’s manual,the information on the vehicle’s data plate, and other areas. If your vehicleis found to be in need of repair, defective, or in any way unsafe to operatethe vehicle should be taken out of services until it has been restored to safeoperating condition.
2) Noriders. Passengers are not allowed to ride on this type of equipment. Be sureyou never permit anyone to stand in the area where the load is being positionedor deposited as food injuries can easily occur.
3) Makesure your loads are stable, and are not stacked too high. Lose or unstableloads can fall and cause serious injury. Use special care when handling long,high, or wide loads to avoid losing the load, striking bystanders, or tippingthe vehicle. Carry the load flush against the load stock.
4) Centeryour load. Before lifting be sure your loads are centered, and forks arecompletely under the load. Of course never over load the vehicle. Do not hit abump or anything with the ends of your forks as this can damage your vehicle.Never lift a load with only one fork engaged.
5) Keepthe load low to the floor. Travel with the load or lifting mechanism load tokeep the center of gravity low. But make sure the load is lifted high enough toensure adequate floor clearance. Never lift or lower the load while the vehicleis in motion.
6) Avoidsudden movement. Start. Stop. Travel. Steer. And brake smoothly. Use specialcare when traveling without the load as the risk of overturning this vehicle isgreater when it is unloaded.
7) Exercisecaution on ramps and inclines. Travel slowly and do not angle or turn on ramps.Always travel with the load downhill when using pallet jacks. Be extremelycautious when operating the vehicle near the edge of a loading dock or ramp.
8) Securebridgeplates. Drive carefully and slowly across dockboards and bridgeplates.Never exceed these dockboards’ or bridgeplates’ rated capacity and make surethey are secure before driving on these plates.
9) Donot operate this equipment with greasy hands or shoes. It’s too easy to slipoff the controls and create an unsafe condition
10) Come to acomplete stop before changing directions