Getting Aboard the Forklift
The 3-point dismount is among the keys to maintaining operator safety. It is the key issue for keeping operator's safety, even if this is usually ignored. Like for instance, a few years ago, at a lift truck rally, a participator executed the course perfectly at a lift truck rally. At the end of his run, he was so excited, that he jumped off of his equipment and forgot to make a 3-point dismount. He failed to win the competition because he judges ended up docking marks from his overall score.
The really serious issue of dismounting and mounting the forklift is covered in training. Having the drivers wear their seatbelts can also help save their lives in event of any tip-overs. It is truly essential to know that if the center of gravity of a loaded forklift moves outside of the stability triangle then a tip-over situation could happen. Skilled drivers seldom ever run into a tip-over situation, however, it is extremely vital that they are prepared for that risk in case it occurs.
Mounting and dismounting of forklifts is vital for ensuring the driver stays safe. This is also important even on low platform pallet jacks. There are way too many injuries sustained from using these machinery. Several of the serious situations include: Driver's catching their loose clothing or coveralls while dismounting and can end up falling and breaking their back. Sometimes, the driver could sprain or break an ankle when they step off of a forklift. The operator can break an arm accidentally while falling and slipping off of the pallet jack. The driver could suffer from torn shoulder muscles if they slip on floor debris while they are still hanging onto the handhold with one hand.
So as to keep you safe, having 3 points of contact is vital. Obtaining 3 points can be done with 2 hands and 1 foot or by 2 feet and 1 hand. This stance is precisely like climbing down or up a ladder. Don't forget to face the equipment at all times. Operators normally have a tendency to jump or hop off the machinery or to face away from the machine and these mistakes greatly lessen the overall risk being injured.
For lots of companies, Taylors counterbalance forklifts provide a great solution. They are extremely durable and able to withstand a range of conditions and environments. They are reliable and made to last.