The user shall see that all nameplates and markings are in place and are maintained in a legible condition.


When charging batteries, acid shall be poured into water; water shall not be poured into acid.


Trucks shall be properly positioned and brake applied before attempting to change or charge batteries.


Smoking shall be prohibited in the charging area.


Precautions shall be taken to prevent open flames, sparks, or electric arcs in battery charging areas.


Where general lighting is less than 2 lumens per square foot, auxiliary directional lighting shall be provided on the truck.


*The brakes of highway trucks shall be set and wheel chocks placed under the rear wheels to prevent the trucks from rolling while they are boarded with powered industrial trucks.


Wheel stops or other recognized positive protection shall be provided to prevent railroad cars from moving during loading or unloading operations.


Fixed jacks may be necessary to support a semitrailer and prevent upending during the loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor.


Positive protection shall be provided to prevent railroad cars from being moved while dockboards or bridge plates are in position.


*Trucks shall not be driven up to anyone standing in front of a bench or other fixed object.


*No person shall be allowed to stand or pass under the elevated portion of any truck, whether loaded or empty.


Unauthorized personnel shall not be permitted to ride on powered industrial trucks. A safe place to ride shall be provided where riding of trucks is authorized.


The employer shall prohibit arms or legs from being placed between the uprights of the mast or outside the running lines of the truck.


When a powered industrial truck is left unattended, load engaging means shall be fully lowered, controls shall be neutralized, power shall be shut off, and brakes set.

*Wheels shall be blocked if the truck is parked on an incline.

A powered industrial truck is unattended when the operator is 25 ft. or more away from the vehicle which remains in his view, or whenever the operator leaves the vehicle and it is not in his view.


When the operator of an industrial truck is dismounted and within 25 ft. of the truck still in his view, the load engaging means shall be fully lowered, controls neutralized, and the brakes set to prevent movement.

Brakes shall be set and wheel blocks shall be in place to prevent movement of trucks, trailers, or railroad cars while loading or unloading. Fixed jacks may be necessary to support a semitrailer during loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor. The flooring of trucks, trailers, and railroad cars shall be checked for breaks and weakness before they are driven onto.


An overhead guard shall be used as protection against falling objects. It should be noted that an overhead guard is intended to offer protection from the impact of small packages, boxes, bagged material, etc., representative of the job application, but not to withstand the impact of a falling capacity load.


A load backrest extension shall be used whenever necessary to minimize the possibility of the load or part of it from falling rearward.


Fire aisles, access to stairways, and fire equipment shall be kept clear.


The driver shall be required to slow down and sound the horn at cross aisles and other locations where vision is obstructed. If the load being carried obstructs forward view, the driver shall be required to travel with the load trailing.


Railroad tracks shall be crossed diagonally wherever possible. Parking closer than 8 feet from the center of railroad tracks is prohibited.


*The driver shall be required to look in the direction of, and keep a clear view of the path of travel.


Grades shall be ascended or descended slowly.


*When ascending or descending grades in excess of 10 percent, loaded trucks shall be driven with the load upgrade.


*On all grades the load and load engaging means shall be tilted back if applicable, and raised only as far as necessary to clear the road surface.


Under all travel conditions the truck shall be operated at a speed that will permit it to be brought to a stop in a safe manner.


Stunt driving and horseplay shall not be permitted.


The driver shall be required to slow down for wet and slippery floors.


Dockboard or bridgeplates, shall be properly secured before they are driven over. Dockboard or bridgeplates shall be driven over carefully and slowly and their rated capacity never exceeded.


Elevators shall be approached slowly, and then entered squarely after the elevator car is properly leveled. Once on the elevator, the controls shall be neutralized, power shut off, and the brakes set.


Motorized hand trucks must enter elevator or other confined areas with load end forward.


Only stable or safely arranged loads shall be handled. Caution shall be exercised when handling off-center loads which cannot be centered.


*Only loads within the rated capacity of the truck shall be handled.


*Extreme care shall be used when tilting the load forward or backward, particularly when high tiering. Tilting forward with load engaging means elevated shall be prohibited except to pick up a load. An elevated load shall not be tilted forward except when the load is in a deposit position over a rack or stack. When stacking or tiering, only enough backward tilt to stabilize the load shall be used.


If at any time a powered industrial truck is found to be in need of repair, defective, or in any way unsafe, the truck shall be taken out of service until it has been restored to safe operating condition.


Fuel tanks shall not be filled while the engine is running. Spillage shall be avoided.


*Any power-operated industrial truck not in safe operating condition shall be removed from service. All repairs shall be made by authorized personnel.


Trucks in need of repairs to the electrical system shall have the battery disconnected prior to such repairs.

All parts of any such industrial truck requiring replacement shall be replaced only by parts equivalent as to safety with those used in the original design.

Industrial trucks shall not be altered so that the relative positions of the various parts are different from what they were when originally received from the manufacturer, nor shall they be altered either by the addition of extra parts not provided by the manufacturer or by the elimination of any parts, �


*Modifications and additions which affect capacity and safe operation shall not be performed by the customer or user without manufacturer�s prior written approval. Capacity, operation, and maintenance instruction plates, tags, or decals shall be changed accordingly.

*Industrial trucks shall be examined before being placed in service, and shall not be placed in service if the examination shows any condition adversely affecting the safety of the vehicle. Such examination shall be made at least daily. Where industrial trucks are used on a round-the-clock basis, they shall be examined after each shift. Defects when found shall be immediately reported and corrected.



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