Operating a forklift truck outside comes with a few more health and safety issues to consider and when you factor in winter conditions, those issues increase even further. However, with proper due care and attention operating an outdoor forklift truck in winter doesn’t have to be inherently dangerous and you can operate safely and securely.
Daily Checks Of The Forklift
Before you use any vehicle, it’s essential to perform thorough checks to determine whether or not the forklift is in complete working order. This is an opportunity to identify any faults or issues with the vehicle before you operate it – when finding an issue would be much more dangerous. You should check all aspects of the forklift truck including the battery, tyres, screens, lights, hydraulics, attachments and steering.
Ensure Proper Services Are Carried Out
Having operators regularly checking their forklifts is great but it’s also essential to have proper forklift servicing carried out. These are thorough and comprehensive maintenance checks that are carried out by professionals. One of the benefits of hiring your forklift trucks is that you should get services included in your contract. For example, here at H&F Lift Trucks, we offer a regular preventative maintenance service to keep your new and used forklifts in the best working order. We can also arrange for regular, accredited thorough examinations of your fleet to satisfy LOLER regulations and HSE requirements.
Suitable Clothing, Equipment & Tools
Operating a forklift truck outside requires different clothing than forklifts that are operated inside. And obviously in winter, this changes again. Winter weather demands gloves, sturdy boots, high vis jackets and warm hats. Ensuring this is provided to all employees and that they wear appropriate clothing whilst working can make work more efficient and safer.
No one who has not been trained on outdoor forklift trucks should be operating one – especially in winter. All staff should have thorough training and regular refreshers to keep the knowledge fresh in their mind. It requires a different skillset working outdoors as there are different hazards to be aware of.