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8 Crucial Forklift Safety Tips for Singaporean Workplaces

In the bustling industrial landscape of Singapore, forklifts are indispensable for a myriad of businesses, facilitating the efficient movement and handling of materials. Given their pivotal role, it's paramount that forklift operations are conducted with the utmost safety to prevent workplace accidents and ensure seamless productivity.

Here are 8 vital safety guidelines tailored for Singaporean operators and business owners to enhance forklift safety:

  1. Possess a Valid Forklift Licence: It's a legal requirement in Singapore for all forklift operators to hold a valid forklift licence, which confirms their training under the rigorous standards set by the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHD). Operators are also encouraged to undertake refresher courses every three years to stay abreast of safety protocols and regulations.

  2. Wear Proper Safety Gear: Safety can never be overstated; hence, forklift operators must be equipped with the appropriate safety attire, including a hard hat, safety boots, and high-visibility jackets, complemented by snug, non-restrictive clothing.

  3. Conduct Pre-Operational Checks: A daily inspection of the forklift is crucial to ensure its optimal functioning. Key areas to inspect include the tyres, brakes, and the load-lifting mechanism. Should any damage be identified, the forklift must be reported and sidelined from operation until repairs are made.

man driving forklift outside

4. Be Vigilant of Surroundings: Operators must maintain a high level of awareness of their environment to safeguard not only their safety but also that of their colleagues. This includes steering clear of hazardous zones with potential obstacles like uneven surfaces or loose materials. The installation of forklift cameras can offer an additional layer of safety by providing a broader field of vision.

5. Adhere to Load Limits: Overloading a forklift can lead to stability issues; thus, it is imperative to observe the maximum load capacity, which should not exceed 80% of the forklift's tonnage capacity. Any signs of instability necessitate an immediate reduction in the load.

6. Maintain Safe Speeds: The adage 'more haste, less speed' holds true for forklift operations. Operators should be reminded that safety precedes speed, and as such, should maneuver the forklift at a pace that allows for safe stopping, turning, and direction changes.

mechanics posing in front of forklift

7. Ensure Sufficient Fuel and Charge Levels: Prior to operation, the forklift must be fully fuelled or charged to prevent mid-operation halts that could pose safety risks.

8. Park in Designated Areas: At the close of operations, forklifts should be parked in their assigned spots, away from obstructing walkways, exits, or entrances, with the ignition turned off.

In Singapore and parts of West Malaysia, Scantruck proudly stands as the sole distributor of Komatsu forklifts—renowned for their reliability and Japanese craftsmanship. For a deeper dive into forklift safety, operational insights, or maintenance tips, explore our offerings online or reach out to us directly.

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