In Case of Tipover: What Should You Do?

Jul 06 2020

When operating a powered industrial truck, anticipating a tip over could be a smart idea when thinking about how to avoid them or what to do in the case of one happening.

Source: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/pit/operations/maneuvering.html#tipover

When operating a powered industrial truck, anticipating a tip over could be a smart idea when thinking about how to avoid them or what to do in the case of one happening. With their helpful graphic, OSHA describes ways to prevent and handle tip overs when operating forklifts or other industrial trucks.

(OSHA Graphic from their Website)

Preparing to Drive Powered Industrial Trucks Safely

First, OSHA recommends that you fasten your seat belt before operating the truck. At the same time, remember to never jump from a truck, whether it is in motion or not. It is very important that you stay within the truck while operating it, keeping your feet on the ground and your hands right on the steering wheel.

Types of Tipovers

OSHA recommends that operators recognize the types of tipovers in a forklift or powered industrial truck: a forward or longitudinal tip, or a lateral or side tip. The procedures they describe above will vary based on the type of tip, but the basics to remember as operators are to lean away from the impacted side and try to counterbalance the fall.

If Tipover is Unavoidable

If a tipover is occurring, the first thing you should do per the OSHA guidelines are to hold tight on the steering wheel and brace your feet. Then, remember to lean away from the impact in order to counterbalance the fall. This could help you correct the tipping of the truck and possibly save you from tipping over. At the same time, lean forward toward the steering wheel.

The Value of Training in the Event of a Tipover

Training operators what to do in an event of a tipover is not only safe, it’s OSHA recommended. If operators are able to avoid tipping a vehicle over, this could prevent deadly injury and big financial penalties for your operation. Remaining safe is the most important part of operating any powered industrial vehicle, and knowing the steps of what to do in the event of a tipover is something that should be integrated into your existing safety training

In case of tipover

  • Fasten Seat Belt.
  • Don't Jump!
  • Tipover can occur if truck is improperly operated injury or death could result
  • Hold on tight to steering wheel.
  • Brace feet.
  • Lean away from impact
  • Lean forward.

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