Loading Dock Safety
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Reach trucks are a critical part of many material handling operations, as they can move loads of material smoothly and efficiently in areas too tight for traditional forklifts. As useful, powerful and critical as they have become, reach trucks can also be dangerous when operated in an unsafe manner. Operators must have a good safety attitude and commitment to responsible operation to prevent injuries and property damage.
This program discusses common hazards presented by the operation of reach trucks and how to control those hazards through safe operating techniques. Topics include reach truck stability and handling characteristics, pre-operational inspection, lifting and moving loads safely, avoiding tip-overs, and traveling on sloped surfaces. Safe driving techniques, preventing injuries to pedestrians, lifting personnel safely, parking the truck and working in and around trailers and railcars are other addressed issues.