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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.

The Proper Clothing to Wear When Operating a Forklift

Many different industries and job roles have clothing requirements for various reasons and working with forklift trucks is no exception.

When it comes to operating forklift trucks, it is essential to have the right equipment, tools and clothing. These can keep you safe whilst working and operating the vehicles and prevent injuries.

Clothing examples

Depending on your specific working conditions, the clothing you need to wear may differ but this is a general list of the type of clothing you may need to wear when operating a forklift truck:

  • Hard hat
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • High visibility jackets
  • Long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Covered shoes or boots/protective footwear

Why is clothing important?

Forklift trucks are used in a variety of different warehouse environments. Tight spaces, narrow aisles, high-stacked shelves and pedestrian workers are all common scenes in warehouses where forklift trucks are in use. The right protective clothing such as hard hats and gloves can protect you from an array of hazards. A hard hat for example can protect you from objects that may fall from high shelves or in the extreme event that your forklift truck tips over. It may not be a common occurrence but with tight corners and narrow aisles to skirt around it can be easy to bump or knock into shelving units. Gloves can protect hands in these instances too as well as when working in cold environments such as temperature controlled areas or even outside.

Visibility is key when working with forklift trucks which is why safety goggles can be extremely useful. They can help keep your sight clear both indoors and outdoors. It can also stop anything getting into your eyes and damaging them which could be a possibility when working in dusty environments. Reflective clothing can also make you easily visible to other works around you – being able to clearly see you means there’s less likelihood of a collision or accident occurring between you and another worker.

Working regulations

It is an employer’s responsibility to provide workers with a safe working environment but employees must also adhere to the regulations in place. As every working environment is different every workplace will have slightly different rules. The clothing may differ from warehouse to warehouse so it’s important to check to remain safe when operating forklift trucks.

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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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