Yale Forklifts Vietnam’s journey to bring high quality material handling equipment to customers across Vietnam is a journey full of challenges but also filled with happiness.

Any forklift, which is delivered to the customer, goes through a lot of rigorous testing for quality and safety of the company. In addition,, Ky Luc’ engineers team, who are directly trained by Yale’s experts, will check the quality and safety of the forklift once again when trucks are arrived in VN

On delivery date, Yale Forklifts Vietnam will do training directly in customer’s site and hand-over documents such as CO, CQ, operations manual…

In order to operate properly and safely, Yale Forklifts Vietnam compiled the safety guide for forklift operation, specially Yale forklifts brand.

Qualified Operator 

In order to ensure safety in working place, only qualified and certificated drivers can operate trucks.

Protective workwear

– Drivers need to have protective workwear such as safety shoes, safety jackets, hard hats, gloves..

– Keep in mind that loose clothing can be dangerous if you are careless in operation.

Checklist before operation

– Forklifts should always be thoroughly checked daily before operating by the shift supervisor and should be notified immediately if any problems arise.

– Always follow the operating instructions in the operator’s manual.

– Forklifts in need of repair should never be operated. Repairs and maintenance service should only be performed by qualified technicians, such as a supplier service engineer.

Notes when operating forklift

– Never operate a forklift with wet or greasy hands or shoes as there is a risk of hands or feet slipping off the level/pedan and causing an accident.

– Always use the steps and handles provided on the forklift to get on and off the truck.

– Before starting work, make sure that you have found a comfortable operating position. Armrests, seat positions and mirrors must be adjusted correctly and seat belts should be fastened at all times.

– Never operate a forklift unless you are in the operator’s seat and always keep your hands, feet and head inside the forklift’s cabin.

Notes about the working environment

– Comply with all site rules, regulations and restrictions. Only operate forklifts on designated roads and specific areas.

– Make sure to observe all warning signs.

– Always concentrate when operating a forklift and be fully aware of what is happening in the surrounding areas.

Safety Speed

– Always operate the forklift within the specified speed limits.

– Lowering speed when turning at the corner as turning with high speed can cause upturned.

– Do not stop, start, turn or change direction suddenly.

Methods to avoid dangerous cause when operate a forklift:

– Avoid shocking, holed, loose goods and be careful when the floor is slippery.

– Do not drive the forklift over objects such as pieces of wood that are scattered on the ground as it may cause loss of control.

– Reduce the forklift speed and use the horn when driving around the corners, exits, entrances, stairs, doors, pedestrian walkways and near other personnel.

Safety space

– Unless necessary, do not operate the forklift in close proximity to other equipment that is being used.

– Keep a safe distance from other devices in case they move in an unpredictable way.

– Always keep a safe distance.

Stabilize when operating the forklift:

– Handle goods carefully and closely check for stability and balance before load, unload or moving. Falling goods may cause injury and damage.

– Keep the goods tilted backwards and the fork as low as possible because this will keep the truck stable when operating.

– Never move with the forks elevated on the floor or swing with the forks in an overhead or the mast in forward position.

– Be careful with the obstructions above when lifting, lowering, or stacking the goods.

– Beware of the possibility of falling loads when stacking.

Maintain clear visibility when operating a forklift:

– Keeping loaded goods at a low position to provide better visibility.

– Operate the forklift in reverse when the load has limited visibility, except when traveling uphill.

– Ensure that the rack is clearly seen when stacking the goods.

– When the mast tilts backward, make sure it is fully tilted back and confirm that the load is securely held before moving.

– If visibility is obstructed, always stop and confirm that it is safe to continue working. In these cases, a supervisor or helper may be required.

Use the forklift in a right way when operating:

– Do not allow others to sit on the forklift unless there is a second seat.

– Do not use forklifts to lift people. If needed to carry humans, only use securely mounted platforms, work cages and follow the appropriate operating instructions.

Restricted areas when operating forklifts:

– Do not allow anyone to stand or walk under the load, the mast, as the load could fall and cause serious injury to anyone standing underneath.

– Never place your hands or feet on the forklift mast as serious injury can result if the mast is lowered while your arms or legs are on it.

Notes when driving forklift on ramps:

– Remember to drive uphill in the right direction and downhill in the opposite direction, especially when carrying goods.

– Do not load or unload goods or make a U-turn while on a ramp.

Make sure the goods is safe when operating the forklift:

– Do not lift or move unsafe or unstable goods.

– Ensure goods are stacked and positioned correctly.

– Stack pallets in the precise and proper way.

– Use ropes or ties to secure the goods if necessary.

– Take extra care when moving and lifting long, tall or wide goods.

– Always look out for other people or obstacles in your path.

Ensure operation does not exceed the capacity of the forklift:

– Do not use the tip of the fork lifter as leverage to lift heavy loads.

– Do not push the goods with the tip of the forks or use the tilt cylinder to pull the goods.

– Do not overload the forklift or add weight to the forklift’s counterweight.

– Never exceed the capabilities of the forklift and any extra configuration parts being used. Overloading the forklift can cause the forklift to tip over resulting in personal injury or damage to the forklift or cargo.

Evenly distribute the capacity when operating the forklift:

– Do not lift or move the load unless both forks are at the right position.

– Do not lift goods with one side of the fork.

– Use suitable pallet weight & size with goods.

– Do not use obsolete or broken pallets

Be aware of special loads during operation

– Be aware and more careful with special goods in order to make them stable and balance.

– Drive in the accurate speed in order not to make loads fall-out.

– Follow the instruction while driving in narrow space or limited sight-seeing.

Observe the change of the operating environment when operating the forklift:

– Observe all warnings, especially the maximum load and height of goods in the working area.

– Check the height of goods, mast and over-head guard when move in and out of the warehouse gates.

– Be careful when the forklift is clamping a dock or ramp by keeping a safe distance.

– Do not operate forklifts on ramp, unless it can resist the weight of the forklift and the goods


– Forklifts should be charged or pumped fuel in the battery or petrol/ diesel/gas station

– Shut down the trucks while refueling.

– The fuel station should install a ventilation system and hydrogen detectors.

Shift end

– Parking the forklifts in the parking area

– Lower the forks

– Shut down the forklifts & takeout the key


There are 20 forklift operating tips compiled by Yale Forklifts. Customers can refer to upgrade your working safety condition.

Please feel free to contact the Hotline: 0896.461.728 if you need further information.

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