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pallet which is in poor condition and
collapses when you try to lift it is not
• When assessing the weight of the load
relative to the lift capacity of your
truck, don’t forget that the lift capacity
is reduced if the load centre is further
away from the mast and/or the load is
lifted to a height. For example, a truck
may be rated at 2,000 kg, but this
probably assumes a load centre
distance of no more than 500 mm.
This might fall to less than 1,300 kg if
the load centre is at 1 metre; to
approximately 750 kg if the load
raised to 7 metres; and to less than
500 kg if the load centre is at 1 metre
and the load raised to 7 metres. There
should be information on your truck
covering all permutations.
• Don’t forget that lifting aids, such as
side shift, slings or barrel clamps, will
also affect the lift capacity.
• Don’t start the lift unless the forks are
• Do not lift anybody on the forks, or
on a pallet on the forks.
• Do not allow people to walk under a
• Never add an additional
counterweight to the rear of the
vehicle in an attempt to increase load
• Do not use two fork-lifts to lift one load,
unless a competent person has made a
careful plan and assessed the risk.
• Do not get off the truck
until you have applied the hand brake
(or automated parking brake if
• Do not park on a footpath or in front
of a doorway, and especially not in
front of a fire exit or fire
extinguishers. Do not park near a
radiator or other heat source.
• Do not park on a slope unless you have
to; if you do have to, use wheel chocks.
• Do not smoke when refuelling. Better
still, do not smoke at all.
• Do not change battery packs unless
you know and abide by the correct
procedures. This should include
changing packs only on unladen
trucks, in designated areas, and on a
• Do not change battery packs, or top up or
carry out other maintenance on batteries,
without wearing the correct PPE.
If you are on a seated
truck and do feel it tipping
over, stay within the confines of the cab.
Brace yourself by pressing your feet on
the floor and holding tight on the
steering wheel or overhead guard – but
take care not to get your fingers trapped
between the guard and the ground. Lean
away from the direction the forklift is
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE
YOUR SEATBELT AND DO NOT
I recall one incident when
I was a young man. I have always been
large, and when a forklift driver needed
to lift a heavy load, in excess of the
truck’s rated capacity, I was instructed to
sit on the rear of the truck behind the
gas cylinder to add an additional
counterbalance. Luckily, I was not hurt,
but if this practice was repeated today it
is probable that I, the driver, and the
supervisor would all have been subject
to serious disciplinary action. n
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Jerry Rudd is a Logistics and Supply Chain professional with
over 25 years’ experience. He has worked with companies such
as Ford, Peugeot, the Bank of England and Wincanton.
He has written two relevant books for the logistics industry
• Health & Safety in Logistics
• A Practical Guide to Logistics
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