Using an electric forklift can be deceptively simple. The machine is easy to operate, but you must make sure that you are operating it in a safe manner, so that you avoid damaging loads and injuring anyone. Here are some tips to remember as you operate an electric forklift, so you can do it safely.

Examine the Forklift

Before getting in the forklift, you need to make sure it is safe to use. Do a visual inspection of the machine and look for signs of damage or wear. In particular, check the forks and ensure that there are no cracks in them. Make sure anchor pins are not loose or bent, and check to see if they are attached securely.

It is important that you do this kind of inspection before using the forklift each day, so that you can notice problems quickly and do not operate a machine that may drop a load or have other problems.

Check Battery Capacity 

Electric forklifts are convenient in part because you don't have to worry about refueling them. However, you do have to think about the capacity of the battery so that it continues to work when you need it. If you are renting the forklift, make sure that the forklift service does a capacity test to make sure that battery capacity is not under 60%. If you have purchased a forklift, make sure to check capacity regularly. That way, you don't have to worry that the battery will die as you are carrying a load.

Avoid Carrying Too Much

In an effort to save time, you might want to carry as much as you can. However, if you carry too much on the forks, you may risk damaging them and dropping the load. Know the load capacity for the particular forklift you are using and adhere to it.

Don't Travel with an Obstructed View

If you are familiar with the space you're in, you may think nothing of carrying a load even if your view is somewhat obstructed because you know the layout of the space. However, that can lead to accidents. You must make sure your view is not obstructed by the load before the forklift is in motion. If you can't see around the load, operate the forklift in reverse so that your line of sight remains clear.

Keep the above tips in mind when you operate an electric forklift, and you will be able to move loads safely. Consult a local forklift service for help with your particular project.

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