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supervisor, and get them to
countersign the form. If it is a serious
fault, remove the keys from the truck
and attach a danger flag. Never
remove a danger flag from a truck
and start driving it just because the
warehouse is getting busy – there is
no point in having danger flags if
people are going to do that.
• Do not get on or off
the truck without facing
towards it, and without maintaining
three points of contact. Most certainly
do not jump.
• Do not move off until you have had a
good look around. It may be true that
no-one is permitted in the area so
there should be no-one behind you
but do not rely on this – there may be
some idiot from the office who thinks
the rules do not apply to them. At the
other extreme, some people who
work much of the time in warehouses
unconsciously block out reversing
alarms and become oblivious to them.
In either case you need to make sure
you do not hit anyone.
• Do not move with fingers, arm, leg or
any other part of the body outside the
truck. If you have to lean out, stop
and look around first.
• Do not try to dodge around
obstructions, or drive over debris or
rubbish. Remove it, and by all means
complain to whoever left it there (but
remember to be polite if it was the
• Do not look anywhere except in the
direction of travel. Something else
happening may be interesting but do
not let it distract you.
• Do not drive if the load is blocking your
view. If you have to, travel in reverse.
• Do not drive with loads lifted further
above the ground than you need to.
• Do not ignore signs and floor
markings – designated walkways are
there for good reasons.
• If you are driving a counterbalance on
an incline with a load, do not do so
unless the load is facing uphill; when
travelling without a load, do not do so
unless the forks are facing downhill.
• Do not turn or drive across a slope.
• Do not go through a door, drive
under lights, or enter a container
unless you are sure that the mast and
load will clear the obstruction. Be
especially careful near overhead
• Do not carry passengers unless there
is a proper seat and seatbelt.
• Do not lift any load
unless you have assessed it
first. Check its weight, size and load
centre, that it has secure banding or
wrapping on a pallet, and that it is in
good enough condition to be lifted. A
Do not lift any load unless you
have assessed it first. Check its
weight, size and load centre, that
it has secure banding or wrapping
on a pallet.
Lifting a load