With Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis battering the UK in recent weeks, it is vital for forklift operators to be mindful of how to operate their machinery safely in the rain. Our few simple tips could make all the difference in keeping both your forklift and yourself safe.
Is Your Electric Forklift Suitable for Wet Weather?
It may not naturally occur to you, but some forklifts may not be suitable for the rain. Some electric forklifts, for example, should not be operated in wet conditions so it is worth checking your model first. However, don’t stress yourself too much – most are water-resistant and splash-safe, although it is worth being aware that they typically have less power than internal combustion lifts, so navigation in more difficult terrain (like wet mud) could be more difficult.
Slow it Down
Just the same as if you were driving your car in the rain, it is important to take it slow in wet weather. Operating your forklift truck could be more difficult than usual – the lift may be less maneuverable, the brakes less responsive, and the forks more slick. It is certainly not impossible, but take care!
Keep a Lookout
Visibility is a key part of forklift training, but in wet conditions it is especially important to be mindful. It is often much darker when raining, so ensure all your safety lights are working, and don’t be afraid to use your lights and horn when working to let others know where you are. If you think it would be too risky, trust your instinct – better safe than sorry!
Check, Check, and Check Again
Before operating your forklift truck in the rain, it is especially important to ensure that it is operating at peak functionality. Make sure your machinery has undergone its Thorough Examination, and contact us for an on-site service to be rest-assured that your forklift is safe for use. Our professional, fully-qualified forklift engineers can also advise you on best practice face-to-face, and answer any questions you might have.
Get Your High-Vis On
You need to make sure that you are as equipped for the rain as your forklift is. Safety comes first, so you must make sure that you are prepared for any slippy situations. Appropriate clothing can help, like gloves and non-slip boots, waterproof jackets and trousers, and something reflective – a high-vis would be great.
How Severe is the Weather?
It most likely goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway – DEFINITELY do not operate your forklift in thunder and lightning. Metal and lightning do not make a friendly combination. Check the forecast!
If you are unsure or need any other assistance with how to operate your forklift safely, do not hesitate to get in touch at 0118 978 3838.