If you work as a forklift driver, then this time of year is probably your favourite. While everyone is stuck indoors in the office, you are out in the sunshine driving around in your forklift truck. However, if you’re operating forklifts outside in the summer weather there are certain things you need to look out for so you’re working safely.
Temperature rise in the summer and the heat can be difficult to work in when it’s humid. You can suffer with dehydration, heat stroke and extreme fatigue. This can be dangerous if it happens while you are in control of a vehicle like a forklift truck.
Breaks From Your Forklift
It’s important to take as many breaks as you need, you may have been told to do this anyway, but it’s even more important if you’re in intense heat. Start the day off with a healthy breakfast and then take a 15-minute break as often as possible and drink plenty of water.
Yes, it’s important to drink plenty of water, especially when you’re working outdoors. If you don’t make sure you drink plenty of the stuff it could have disastrous consequences for your health and well-being. You need to increase the amount you drink if you’re involved in any heavy work, drink at least 8 to 12 glasses per day and you’ll help prevent becoming dehydrated.
Reduce Coffee Consumption and Get Plenty of Sleep
Before you come to work on your forklift in the morning, make sure you’ve had a good breakfast, but that you’ve also had enough sleep. If you’re going to be working a full 7-hour day at work, then you need to have had a good night’s sleep the night before. If it’s going to be hot, then it’s going to be even more tiring, so make sure you’re prepared.
Coffee is great if you have just the one in the morning, but if you keep having them throughout the day, at some point you’re going to experience a crash in energy. It can also contribute towards dehydration, so water is probably your best friend.
On a hot day, and sometimes even on a day when it’s not even that hot, if you’re outside all day in the sun, your skin will burn, so you need to add sun protection in exposed areas. You’ll stay safe outside if you use sunblock, and you can prevent serious issues that can lead to other problems more serious than sunburn.
Follow Our Guidelines While Operating Your Forklift This Summer
If you follow the sensible guidelines above, you’ll stay safe in your forklift, and if you’re a manager with staff who drive forklift trucks, you’ll be helping them to drive safely while working. The hot weather is great if you have nothing to do all day, but if you work, and especially if you drive a vehicle such as a forklift, then you need to drive safely.