Forklift trucks are extremely useful vehicles, however, only if they are used safely and appropriately.

In this blog post, we want to give you some advice on what to do and what NOT to do when operating a forklift truck.


  • Carry out a pre-use check of the truck (you can request a pre-use check sheet here)
  • Report defects immediately to a Supervisor
  • Look all around before moving off
  • Make sure the work path is free of obstructions
  • Look in the direction of travel
  • Travel at a speed suitable for the location and load
  • Travel with the forks lowered, but clear of the ground
  • Watch out for pedestrians and obstructions
  • Slow down at corners, doorways, and at danger spots, sound the horn where necessary
  • When getting in or out, face the truck and use steps and handles


  • Operate a truck unless you are trained and authorised to do so
  • Use a forklift that you know is not working properly
  • Operate controls from outside the cab, unless it is designed to do so
  • Start or stop suddenly
  • Make abrupt or quick turns
  • Travel on uneven ground unless the truck is designed to do so
  • Run over unprotected cables or pipes
  • Operate a truck under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Use mobile phones while operating a truck

For more advice and tips about forklift safety and how you can improve safety in your operation, request your free safety materials here