It is totally different to use a stand-up lift truck compared to a sit-down unit. The way you transport and lift cargo along with your movements are completely different. If you do not have proper training for utilizing a stand-up unit, you can potentially cause harm to yourself or to co-employees. When operating a stand-up unit, you must follow the proper safety rules. There are a few basic operating standards which should be met when operating a stand-up model.
To begin on a stand-up model lift truck, it is vital to get a good feel for the steering knob and the controls. Rather than a steering wheel, the steering is handled with the knob steering plate. Take note that this particular knob moves very fast, therefore, you have to get used to moving it gently so as to be sure not to over steer. The horn is situated on the control handle, as is the control for forwards, backwards and the fork movement. The floor pedal enables the machine to move.
When you are ready to begin, turn the key to start the machinery. Be sure that your forks are not extended. When you are moving all-around the floor, the forks must be pointed a little upwards. Do not drive with the forks in their extended position. If you are traveling forwards, move the control handle forward and in order to make the lift move forward, step on the pedal. If you are backing up, be certain to beep your horn in order to alert people around you. Look behind you before stepping on the pedal so as to make sure the way is safe and clear. Then, while stepping on the pedal, pull the control handle towards you. Always stay alert and focused and make sure that you are always operating in a safe way.
When approaching a corner with the lift truck, turn the steering knob towards the direction you are heading. Make sure to keep your hands on the control handle and keep your foot on the accelerator. When turning right, the steering knob would move in a clockwise direction while moving forward. If you are turning left, your steering knob would go in a counter-clockwise direction.
If you have just utilized sit down units, the stand-up versions might take some getting used to. With some training and taking some time to know the machine, you could efficiently and quickly handle loads in little time.