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Forklift operators?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by VirginiaBound, May 17, 2011.

  1. May 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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    VirginiaBound

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    So I had an interview for a finishing utilities job in a local plant. Ive been dreaming of getting hired here for about a year now and I got my shot this morning. The interview went well and hopefully I have the job.

    My question is to anyone who operates forklifts that could give a new guy some advice. I will have a weeks training if I get the job before I'm ever doing anything that is risky.

    Anyway, Ive driven before but its been a while and wasn't in a tight area like that. Anyone who could shoot my advice my way would be great.

    Thanks. ::D
     
  2. May 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM
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    moto932

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    if u can drive a car you can drive a forklift. just dont hit anything! no, but seriously, take it slow at first and learn all the leavers and pedels then you will get the hang of it and have it mastered in no time. good luck
     
  3. May 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    Just learn the lift and pay attention.
     
  4. May 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    Stop calling them "fork lifts!" OSHA calls them industrial tractors---go slow and learn your limitations and the limitations of the equipment.....Personally I would find the make and model of what your expecting to drive and download and owners manual... That way you can talk forklift errr industrial tractor....;)
     
  5. May 17, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    As you know, forklifts steer from the rear, so get used to that. Its way different going around corners and stuff. And on some fork lifts, you may pull down the lever to make the forks go up, but for them to go up faster hit the gas too.
     
  6. May 17, 2011 at 2:38 PM
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    Read this over and during the interview talk a little about some of the things on here. Best thing to do is stress safety during the interview, that's what they are going to want to hear. Good luck!
    http://ehs.unl.edu/sop/s-forklift.pdf
     
  7. May 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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  8. May 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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    Great tips guys. I told him today about how I have had some experience, I just am not used to the warehouse atmosphere while driving an INDUSTRIAL TRACTOR.

    Are the levers fairly common on every forklift?
     
  9. May 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    I've run Toyota forklifts mostly, most have three levers. One for up and down, one leans the mast forward and back, and one shifts the mast sise to side. I think that is pretty much industry standard.
     
  10. May 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    I work with Forklifts and Clamplifts. The one with the clamp has 4 levers. I work at a printing company for 14 years and have alot on both. The first 3 levers should be the same and the last one opens and closes the clamp. Just make sure not to lift heavy things over the limit too high. Dont let heavy loads bounce. If you do so you lose some steering for a bit. We have battery and LP ones. LP one are faster for moving and lifting. And know how far your rear end sticks out on the forklifts when you swing the rear not to hit stuff.
     
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    I drive for Costco, my biggest advice is to ALWAYS look behind you after putting something up/taking something down. I dont know how many times I've had someone just walk behind my lift while I was putting something in the steel without yelling at me or letting me know they were there...Also don't be afraid to use your horn..I annoy the fuck out of everyone at night with that thing..:D

    [​IMG] this is what I drive
     
  12. May 17, 2011 at 4:31 PM
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    This job is 7pm to 7am, I think I would love working nights. I guess Ill find out. lol
     
  13. May 17, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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    36 one week and 48 the next?
     
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    I like the night shifts, I work a double every thursday and the night shift is always peacefull
     
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    Thats what they were saying, it will only be 4 of us there. I think that would be great, I'm so sick of the drama at the place I am now.
     
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    what i drive at my work (a handful of times a year).
     
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    I worked for home depot and drove a RAYMOND Reach-truck, a RAYMOND Order-picker (you go up with the forks so you can pull small items from non-pallet racking), a small propane CAT lift truck and a large CAT lift truck. That was by far the best part of the job.

    Assuming you're running standard propane powered lift trucks, take it slow and always make sure you're aware of where both of your forks are. By the end of my time at home depot I rarely had to use the side-to-side shift lever. You will use it a lot and probably have to reposition for the first couple months. It's an experience thing.

    The electric trucks like the one the "reach" as we called it. (It was designed to get pallets on 8 foot wide aisles. Probably very much like the guy who worked at costco showed. Those take a bit of practice because you're driving something while standing up and it's with a joystick and a horizontal steering wheel. Those are a ton of fun once you get the hang of them.

    And yes, use your horn a lot. It may annoy your co-workers but they will sub-consciously thank you when they don't hear the loud ass motion beep and almost step out in front of you. :D
     
  18. May 17, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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    I believe you may mean powered industrial trucks or PITs but the industry and every other human refers to them as either lift trucks or forklifts. When I buy parts or schedule service for the six lifts we have at work I don't call and tell them the model of PIT I am working on.
     
  20. May 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM
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    It sounds like a fun job, I'm eager to hear back on it.

    You guys have given me good confidence about it, I will be sure to post whether I got it or not.
     
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