Summer Safety Tips for Forklift Operators
07 Jul 2020
Delta Materials Handling

Summer Safety Tips for Forklift Operators

With the temperature outside beginning to rise as we enter into the summer season, it is becoming increasingly important for forklift drivers to not only take care of their forklift, but also take care of themselves. Below are some summer safety tips to help make sure your forklift drivers are staying safe and healthy despite the rising temperatures and greater sun exposure.


  1. Plenty of Rest: As operators of heavy machinery, forklift drivers need to be well rested. Exhausted drivers can exhibit potentially dangerous behavior such as slower reaction times and decreased awareness. Encourage drivers to sleep the recommended 7 to 9 hours each night.

  2. Frequent Breaks: Forklift operators should not only come to work well rested, but should be allowed frequent breaks throughout the workday. Multiple 15-minute breaks in the shade allow workers to recharge so they can maintain their energy level and stay safe and healthy during long summer days.

  3. Eat Breakfast and Snacks: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! Eating breakfast before beginning the workday gives forklift drivers the energy to begin and snacks throughout the day help to sustain that energy, especially when working in the heat.

  4. Stay Hydrated: For forklift operators working outside and inside, drinking plenty of water is essential. To avoid dehydration, forklift operators should drink between 8 and 12 glasses of water every day.

  5. Sun Protection: Even on cloudy days, working outside for extended periods of time can still expose operators to many threats , including sunburns, sun poisoning and heat exhaustion. To reduce sun exposure, workers should wear multiple layers of sun protection, including hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and additional layers of clothing. Sunscreen should be reapplied frequently throughout the workday.

  6. Perform Regular Forklift Maintenance: Summer safety doesn’t stop at its operators! Forklift maintenance schedules should be followed to prevent forklifts from overheating. These schedules can include checking tires for pressure and for cracks, brake operation, fluid levels and much more. Forklifts that are not well maintained are potentially dangerous to the operator as well as others, so it is important that forklifts are frequently checked and receive all necessary maintenance.


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Delta Materials Handling provides quality service for all your forklift needs. With 60 years of forklift services experience, we guarantee that we can assist you with your specific part or service needs! We have locations in Memphis, Jackson, Tupelo, & Jonesboro and offer the largest fleet of forklifts in the Mid-South.

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