It is totally different to operate a stand-up forklift compared to a sit-down model. The way you move and lift loads in addition to your movements are completely different. If you do not have correct training for using a stand-up model, you can probably cause harm co-workers or to yourself. When utilizing a stand-up unit, you must follow the proper safety regulations. There are several basic operating standards that need to be met when operating a stand-up unit.
When beginning, stand up on the forklift so as to get a feel for the controls and the steering knob. The steering is handled with the knob steering plate instead of a steering wheel. Remember that this specific knob moves very fast, hence, you have to be accustomed to moving it carefully so as to be certain not to over steer. The horn is located on the control handle, as is the control for backwards, forwards and the fork movement. The floor pedal enables the machinery to move.
If you are set to begin, turn the key to start the machine. Be sure that your forks are not extended. When you are moving all-over the floor, the forks should be pointed a little upwards. Do not drive with extended forks. If you are moving forward, move the control handle forward and to make the lift move forward, step on the pedal. If you are backing up, be sure to beep your horn to alert those around you. Look behind you before stepping on the pedal so as to make sure the way is clear and safe. Then, while stepping on the pedal, pull the control handle towards you. Always stay focused and alert and make sure that you are always operating in a safe way.
When approaching a corner with the lift truck, turn the steering knob in the direction you are heading. Make sure to keep your foot on the accelerator and keep your hands on the control handle. When turning right, the steering knob would move in a clockwise direction during forward travel. If you are turning left, your steering knob would go in a counter-clockwise direction.
If you have only used sit down units, the stand-up versions could take some getting used to. If you take some time to know the machine and with some training, you can handle loads efficiently and quickly in little time.