Renting a forklift? – Remember these safety tips for forklift operators

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There are many Toronto businesses for which a forklift rental makes more sense than purchasing or leasing.

Whether this is because, they require the vehicle for a single project or whether the business performs seasonal work and only uses the vehicles a few weeks or months out of the year, or whether they require a rental while the their own vehicle is in the shop, we can help business owners decide on the lift truck rental that best suits their needs.

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Whether or not you decide to rent a forklift for your business will ultimately depend on your company’s needs and circumstances. And whether you are leaning toward buying or renting, the professionals at Modern Forklift can help you come up with the best solution for your Toronto business.

Forklift Rentals Safety Advice

Operating a forklift is not too difficult, but of course, it comes with experience and practice, much like driving a car. Should you rent a forklift at some point in the future, it is crucial that your own operators, or those that you hire, operate the machines in a safe manner. In fact, some forklift rental companies will help to find qualified forklift drivers if you do not employ any of your own.

When it comes to operating a forklift, there are a number of important safety aspects that all drivers should be instructed in before using the machine. Although they may be experienced, reminding them of these points is paramount for safety, both for themselves and others.

Pay attention

Although forklifts should be driven at a low speed, especially in areas of high traffic, the operator should be a step ahead at all times. This means constant scanning ahead of the machine, identifying potential hazards and acting to avoid them. Both hands should be on the controls during operation.


All forklifts should be thoroughly inspected before use. This should happen each and every time, even between a morning and afternoon shift. The inspection should start with a check of all mechanical and moving parts, including the forklift section itself. If the forklift uses air-filled tires, pressures should be checked visually. All belts and pulleys should be inspected for wear. Finally, inspecting fluid levels is critical, this includes fuel level as well as hydraulic oils which are critical for forklift operation.

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All forklift drivers should be able to communicate their intentions to staff on the floor. This is very important, especially in a busy warehouse. Communication can take the form of hand signals, using the forklift lights or any other system that everyone understands. When using a driver who has never worked on your floor before, explain your system to him and have him use it. When backing up, make sure the backup warning system is activated so all staff know the operators intentions. If it is the first time you are using a forklift on your floor, ask the driver to explain his favored communication method. On the floor, the forklift operator must be obeyed by other staff.

Training sessions

If you regularly use forklifts at your warehouse or factory, it is crucial to hold regular safety training sessions. Not only do these reinforce many safety aspects, but they are an effective tool for introducing new and up-to-date safety practices. Training sessions can also be used to ensure that operators remain up-to-date in their certifications as well as instructing them on new rental forklifts the company might have acquired.

Forklifts are not toys! They must be treated with respect and operated in a safe manner. If not, serious injuries can occur. Should you ever need help with driver training, contact our experts at Modern Forklift for advice.

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