Tips to Avoid SCARY Operations

The best way to avoid a SCARY situation is to always play it safe! Be sure to reference the quick guide for safe handling.


To help ensure the correct operation of forklift trucks, we have compiled a quick reference guide for operators of materials handling equipment. If you have any questions regarding detailed forklift safety information; onsite support and training to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, we will be more than happy to help!

  • Never operate materials handling equipment with wet or greasy hands or shoes as they could slide off the controls and cause an accident.
  • Always use the steps and hand grabs provided to get on and off the equipment.
  • Before commencing work ensure that a comfortable operating position is found, and all controls are within easy reach. The armrest, seat position and mirrors should be correctly adjusted, and the safety belt should always be fastened.
  • Never operate a lift truck unless you are in the operator's seat and keep arms, legs and head inside the confines of the truck at all times.
  • Avoid bumps, holes, loose materials and use extra caution when the floor is slippery.
  • Do not drive over objects such as pieces of wood scattered on the ground as doing this could cause the load to move or control of equipment could be lost.
  • Reduce the speed of equipment and use the horn when in the proximity of corners, exits, entrances, stairways, doors, pedestrian walkways and in the vicinity of other employees.
  • Carrying a load close to the floor provides good forward visibility.
  • Operate equipment in reverse when the load restricts visibility, except when moving up ramps.
  • Ensure that there is a good view of the rack or the top of a stack when positioning a load.
  • When reversing ensure the forks are tilted back completely and confirm that the load is safely secured before moving off.
  • If visibility remains obstructed always stop and confirm it is safe to proceed. In these circumstances, a lookout or helper may be required.
  • Remember to drive up gradients in a forward direction and down in reverse, especially while carrying loads.
  • Do not load or unload goods or turn while on a ramp.
  • Always park equipment in the designated or authorized area.
  • Fully lower forks to the floor and apply the park brake.
  • Turn the equipment "off" and remove the key.