When a 9,000 lb. forklift rolls into a trailer that's not secured, terrible things can happen. If the wheels start rolling, or the landing gear is damaged, that trailer can tip. Or worse, it can roll away just as the forklift is moving in or out. And when you consider that 9,000 lbs of forklift is heavier than three cars, your employee could be fatally injured. Forklift safety is no joke.

Some of the major points in this course involve making sure the trailer (and truck) are secure. That means the truck keys are under the control of the warehouse personnel. The trailer needs to be either controlled with a dock-lock, or the wheels chocked. And it emphasizes personal accountability: the person who is at risk is the person behind the wheel of the forklift — they need to make sure the trailer is ready.

And obviously, a forklift should never be driven onto a flatbed trailer: for tips on flatbed trailer safety and securement, we have a whole separate lesson. 

forklift safety Loading a trailer with a forklift should be a safe endeavor. Training your employees will help ensure that it will be. The Trailer Loading and Unloading course covers forklift safety issues such as:

 

  • Communication Systems
  • Trailer Securement Process
  • Trailer Securement Programs
  • Wheel Chocks
  • Other Securement Processes
  • Trailer Entry Permit
  • Dock Boards and Plates
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Removing Equipment

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