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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

5 key steps to maintaining strong forklift safety

Thankfully the number of forklift truck accidents that result in a fatality is falling year on year. However, it’s always important to do as much as you can to ensure safety is kept as a number one priority. As accidents can still happen with forklifts, and the responsibility for forklift truck safety falls on the shoulders of everyone.

With that in mind, we’ve got 5 key steps for you to follow that can help you maintain strong forklift safety and efficiency in the workplace.

You must wear safety gear

Every operator in your workplace needs to wear the appropriate safety clothing. This usually means a hard hat, solid safety shoes, and high-visibility jackets. It’s also of course essential that safety clothing is well-fitted, as loose garments can become a constant distraction and safety hazard.

Keep up daily inspections

Any forklift trucks need to be inspected before use at the start of every working shift. If any issues are identified, then these need to be reported immediately. Any thorough safety inspection needs to include; brakes, controls, steering, tyres, warning devices and the mast. 

Carrying out regular daily inspections will not only help avoid accidents from failed machinery, it will also help to prevent minor issues becoming much more costly expensive problems down the line. 

Have a look at how to perform a daily forklift truck checklist here.

Be fully aware of load capacity & distribution

Do not flout your vehicle loading capacities as this is a quick recipe for accidents. The maximum load for both the truck and any attachments must be observed at all times. You should also never use the forks to push or lever loads, as doing this will ultimately weaken them significantly over time.

Keep in mind that the truck’s load capacity is only applicable when the goods are evenly distributed over the forks. By placing the load over just one for example, you’ll be placing a lot of severe stress on the vehicle. Avoid this and also ensure that all pallets and skids are structurally sound and will stay intact during operation.

Be safe whenever refueling

Make sure that you have a designated area for refuelling in your workplace. And make sure that no refuelling takes place outside of this area. By designating a specific area, you’ll help to keep things moving efficiently in your working environment and you’ll also help to avoid fuel spillages happening in multiple areas. Make sure the engine is fully off when refuelling, the designated area is always well-ventilated and away from open flames.

Always maintain high visibility

If an operator cannot see his or her load, their route ahead, or their unloading destination then they must stop operating their forklift truck straight away. Allowing operators to drive using guesswork will quickly result in injuries, breakages or worse.

When operators need to steer in reverse to improve visibility, this must never be done on a ramp. When they are still struggling to see their route, loads or unloading destination clearly, then a lookout must be used. 

H&F Forklifts are experts in new and used forklifts trucks, as well as repair, servicing and maintenance. Contact our experienced team on 0800 298 8790 to book your free site survey.


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H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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