• QUIZ | How Well Do You Know Forklift Safety?

    Safety is a top priority when working with heavy and powerful machinery. Despite well-defined rules in place to protect workers, many potentially fatal injuries are sustained each year. Accidents result in more than just injuries to the person; they hurt a business at every level.

    Most accidents can be avoided if proper attention, training, and safety precautions are followed.

    It is the responsibility of all forklift drivers to make safety their first priority! Test your forklift safety knowledge with the quiz below, and refresh your training frequently to BE SAFE IN THE MOMENT!

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    1. Who can operate a forklift?

    a. Anyone
    b. Anyone over the age of 18
    c. Anyone over the age of 18 who is certified and trained
    d. Anyone who has the boss’s permission

    2. How often should forklifts be inspected for safety?

    a. Before each new shift
    b. Once a week
    c. Once a month
    d. When there seems to be a mechanical problem

    3. What should a driver do if the forklift is going to tip over?

    a. Quickly leap out of forklift
    b. Remain seated with seat belt on, and hang onto the steering wheel
    c. Remove seat belt but stay in the forklift
    d. Yell “Fore!”

    4. What are the most common forklift injuries?

    a. Forklift overturns
    b. Workers stuck, crushed or pinned by a forklift
    c. Falls from a forklift
    d. All of the above

    5. Where should the forklift driver focus their eyesight when operating a forklift?

    a. Straight ahead
    b. He or she should constantly change directions to take in surroundings
    c. In the direction the forklift is moving
    d. On a navigational device

    6. The truck horn should be used to warn pedestrians and other traffic at:

    a. Intersections
    b. Blind spots
    c. When backing up
    d. All of the above

    7. Where can you find out the load capacity for your fork lift?

    a. On the side of the palates you will be moving
    b. On the data plate
    c. On the fruit plate
    d. In the warehouse foreman’s files

    8. How can you personally take care not to be hurt in the fork truck you are operating?

    a. Take a reasonable amount of time to complete a task, avoid being rushed.
    b. Take breaks to prevent fatigue
    c. Wear appropriate clothing and safety gear
    d. All of the above

    9. The center of gravity within a lift truck can be moved by:

    a. Traveling with an elevated load
    b. Trying to turn the lift truck while it is moving too fast
    c. Operating the lift truck on a hill or incline
    d. All of the above

    10. Which of the following can cause a lift truck to become unstable and possibly tip over?

    a. Driving fast
    b. Driving while lifting and lowering the forks.
    c. Turning at high speed.
    d. Overloading
    e. All of the Above

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    1. C

     Only drivers who are trained should operate forklifts. According to OSHA, “It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and certified to do so.”

    2. A

     Forklifts should be checked before every shift to ensure they are in proper working order and that all safety measures are in place. An operator should never operate a forklift if they find any safety issues.

    3. B

     A driver should NEVER remove his seat belt or jump out. The safest thing to do in the event of a tip over is to remain seated with your seat belt on with a tight grip on the steering wheel. The driver should lean forward and toward the opposite side of the tip over. Feet should be braced on the floor. Jumping out of the forklift can be fatal. The vehicle’s frame will offer protection to the driver who remains inside.

    4. B

    According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, these are the most common fatal injuries. From 1980 to 1994, forklift related incidents caused the deaths of 1,021 workers in the United States.

    5. C

    A forklift operator should always look in the direction the machine is heading. When making a turn, the driver must stop the vehicle completely and look both ways to make sure everything is clear and no individuals are in the way before moving.

    6. D

    All of the above. The truck horn should be used to warn pedestrians and other traffic at intersections, blind spots and when backing up.

    7. B

    On the data plate.

    8. D

    All of the above.

    9. C

    All of the above. It is important to pay attention to all factors that can change the center of gravity to prevent tipping, loss of inventory and to avoid injury.

    10. D

    All of the above can cause a forklift to become unstable.

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