operating forklift in rainy weather

Tips for Safely Operating Your Forklift in Rain & Snow

Changes in the Midwest’s weather conditions are unpredictable. From pouring rain to icy conditions and snow, the unavoidable outside work within your facility can become a challenge. More specifically, operating heavy equipment such as forklifts can be hazardous unless the necessary precautions and safety guidelines are followed. 

Below are a few tips for you to consider for yourself or forklift operators when weather conditions such as rain, sleet, or snow occur.

Minimize Distractions 

When weather is mild to severe or there is precipitation on the ground, it is critical to stay aware, as this could be a cause for risky operating conditions. 

To remain focused on your equipment and surroundings, leave cell phones and other electronic devices off. Forklift operators must stay alert, especially when visibility is limited. 

Watch Your Speed

Much like driving a car in rain or snow, watching the speed of the forklift and the ways it is maneuvered is important. Even with the latest improved features on forklift trucks, some of which offer automatic acceleration and deceleration that deliver smoother transitions with speed, wet weather can still affect the driving experience. Operating forklifts with caution in inclement weather will make your operators more effective and efficient. 

Know Your Surfaces

If day-to-day tasks have you operating between multiple terrains (indoor to outdoor applications) it is important to be conscious of the changing surfaces on which you drive. 

When forklift tires become wet, abrupt stops can be made difficult, so paying attention to these conditions, as well as your speed is vital. 

For more forklift safety tips or information on types of indoor/outdoor forklifts or forklift tires, contact us today!