More experienced forklift operators will claim that a forklift is like an appendage, an extension of themselves. However, new forklift operators can find themselves overwhelmed at first.
There are several initiatives one can take to gain a level of understanding and comfort with any forklift!
Forklifts are like any other vehicle or machine: they require precise handling, a focus on care, and proper consideration when used. Here are five easy tips to help any forklift operator:
Communication is the backbone of materials handling, it is the backbone of learning for most beginners. New forklift operators need to be comfortable with high-level employees and management personnel. They should be encouraged to express what they feel and address any concerns as they arise, rather than being reluctant to raise their voice. Good communication builds relationships in the workplace and helps employees identify and recognize hazards more easily.
2.ASK FOR HELP
While trainers may want any new trader to learn the tools of the trade through experience, if there is any confusion or misunderstandings, traders should feel safe asking for help. There is no stupid question, but operating a dangerous vehicle without the proper conscience for having an unanswered question is. Ask all the questions that need to be asked and ask them often. The answers themselves are a critical phase of the learning process.
Although it may seem like a cliché, being centered is an important part of operating a forklift. Based on our first two starting points, forklift operators need to have their eyes on the road and an ear to the street at all times. This helps employees mitigate any potential risks in the workplace and also ensures that the operator is putting his or her best foot forward in terms of safe and proper vehicle handling. If any new forklift operator is distracted, it is wise to shut down the vehicle and contact an administrator to help address these problems.
4.FOLLOW THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
For the novice operator who doesn’t know where and how to start, reviewing the safety precautions is a great start. These directives are designed to promote workplace safety and serve as a compass for new forklift operators who are unsure whether they are handling their vehicles correctly. Many operators grow complacent in their operational initiatives and this is often the source of many fines and accidents that could have been easily avoided. Follow best practices early and stick with them throughout your career.
5.CHECK THE MACHINE REGULARLY
Last but not least, it is imperative to check any forklift before operating it. Checking the oil, battery, hydraulic fluid, signals, lights, and coolant are essential to ensure that the device is ready to use.
Here are some forklift manufacturers.
Good news comes from the Industrial Truck Association on forklift market data: companies promote the sector and invest in both combustion and electric vehicles.
According to the ITA – Industrial Truck Association, the North American forklift market continues to grow: over a quarter of a million new units were sold in 2018, a figure that marks + 2.8% compared to 2019, and growth seems to be constantly seen in most forklift classes.
Growth is being recorded all over the world and the ranking of producers does not see major changes: all the top 5 brands have recorded an increase of more than 5% compared to last year’s numbers.
- Jungle in rich
- Crown Equipment
- Looking for new challenges: e-commerce and omnichannel
- The Chairman of the ITA Board of Directors also specified that, despite the prosperous period, forklift manufacturers have not sat on their laurels, quite the contrary. The handling industry is constantly looking for new solutions to meet the challenges of today’s multi-channel distribution based increasingly on e-commerce.
- Companies that operate with e-commerce increasingly require motorized hand trucks and vehicles that can move in high-speed storage environments.
- The request for this type of solution and the commitment of the manufacturing companies has today changed the handling scenario: today it is possible to rely on the electric one even for heavy applications.
Safety and training:
As the number of trucks in circulation grows, the number of operators also grows. For this reason, training and safety are increasingly important issues, which cannot be ignored when talking about the forklift market.
During National Forklift Safety Day 2020 in Washington, DC, ITA members noted that there are currently more than 4.5 million truck operations in over 300 industries nationwide. Numbers that make us understand the importance of the security issue, a topic that certainly does not concern a narrow niche of the population.
In America too, labor shortages persist and, with a national unemployment rate of 3.6%, it is difficult to find, hire, and retain workers.