Safer Site Essentials FOUR: Trucks

To be safe, a fork lift truck needs three things: to be right for the job, to be well looked-after, and to be checked thoroughly before use.

Things to do…

Survey Your Sites and Choose the Right Trucks

Different working environments require different trucks. The design, for instance, warehouse equipment like reach trucks and stackers means they’re not appropriate for outdoor use. Counterbalance trucks are, but only really on smooth and level surfaces. And ventilation is important when using Diesel and LPG trucks. You must make sure you have the right truck for your site, and the job in hand.

A dedicated site survey, carried out by a professional, can provide much needed information and advice. You can learn more about this with our Site Survey Guide.

Safety Equipment and Explosion Proofing

Information on important site safety equipment, including explosion proofing, can be found in the Layman’s Guide to Fork Lift Trucks. We would thoroughly recommend that you sit down with a cup of tea and have a read through.

Carry Out Preventive Maintenance

Routine maintenance, carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the truck, is an essential part of preventing accidents.  These checks are best provided through an agreed maintenance contract.

Thorough Examination of Fork Lift Trucks

It is a legal requirement to thoroughly examine the Fork Lift Trucks every 12 months. Depending on the environment, nature of the load and the truck type, this can sometimes be more often. Much more detailed advice and guidance is available on

Finally, if you have found these last four articles or would like anymore information on how to keep your workspace safe, take a look at the Fork Lift Truck Association for all things Fork Lift related.