If you work around heavy equipment – any kind of heavy equipment, including high lift pallet truck equipment – you need to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to promote as safe a work environment as humanly possible.
Each and every single year millions of people all over the world are injured in heavy equipment accidents. Even worse than that though is the fact that the overwhelming majority of those injuries could have – and should have – been avoided altogether if only a handful of safety tips were observed.
Though we aren’t going to be able to prevent every high lift pallet truck or heavy equipment accidents from happening with the safety tips and tricks we outline for you below, they are still going to make a major difference – and significant improvement – in helping you maintain as safe a work environment as possible around these pieces of machinery.
Always (ALWAYS) assume the worst when operating heavy equipment
The most dangerous incidents and accidents on a construction site with heavy equipment are going to occur when people get complacent and lazy around these pieces of machinery – and you can’t allow that to happen.
Always (and we mean always) assume that the absolute worst can happen when operating heavy equipment and take the necessary steps to avoid those kinds of dangerous situations if at all possible. You want to assume the worst even when you aren’t operating heavy equipment and are instead around others that have been, and it’s not a bad idea to assume the worst even when the heavy equipment has (or appears to be) shut off.
Stay on your toes and you’ll be able to avoid dangerous and even potentially deadly situations.
Never push high lift pallet truck or heavy equipment past its capacity
There is always going to be a little bit of a temptation to push your heavy equipment past its outlined operating capacities – especially if you’re running behind schedule or if you’ve been able to get away with this kind of activity in the past.
Resist those temptations at all costs!
When you start to exceed the outlined capacity of these pieces of equipment really dangerous situations can occur, and worse than that, they can occur without any warning even if things have been going smoothly otherwise.
Stay within the limits of high lift pallet truck capacities and you won’t have to worry about tip overs, and operate your heavy machinery with their total capacity in mind and you’ll be able to work safely and efficiently.
Wear high visibility clothing at all times
This is a good general safety tip for anyone involved in the construction industry, but it’s also an absolute must when you are going to be working around heavy equipment.
Operators need to be able to see everyone around them (even if it’s only out of the corner of they are always), and high visibility clothing is going to give everyone the opportunity to know exactly where you are without any question.