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Forklift Safety

June 1, 2015  (*Administrative Office)

Monticello, IA – Innovative Ag Services Co. (IAS), Forklift safety is very important for anyone who is going to be operating a forklift, or for anyone who works around someone who is operating a forklift.

Forklifts are probably the most used and effective mechanical aids for material handling. They can move a lot of heavy material quickly and easily. But their power also makes them hazardous—especially in the wrong hands.

The fundamental safety rules for forklift operation are:

  • Only authorized drivers who have been through an approved training program may operate a forklift;
  • Always report any forklift-related accidents as quickly as possible;
  • Always wear your seat belt;
  • No one should ever stand under upraised forks; if the hydraulic system fails, anyone standing under forks could be killed.
  • Operate the controls only when sitting in the driver’s seat; and
  • Never block exits or access to emergency equipment with a forklift.


Always remember these 3 simple safety tips whether you are the operator or employee working around forklift operators:

  1. STOP: at all blind spots
  2. LISTEN: for horns and sirens
  3. LOOK: for people working around you




For more information go to the following link


OSHA Fact Sheet. (2013) United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Retrieved December 23, 2013 from

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