What is a forklift operator manual?
A forklift operator manual is a publication that is included with all forklifts that shows basic operating procedures for a forklift.
A forklift driver can use a forklift operator manual, sometimes called a forklift owner’s manual, to read up of safety procedures. The manual also contains the following information safety information:
- Warning symbols
- Prohibitory symbols
- General safety regulations
- Forklift truck dimensions and truck data:
Forklift Specs in an Operator’s Manual
In the lift truck operator’s manual you will also see:
- The length width and height of the truck
- The weight of the forklift truck
- The dimensions of the truck battery (if applicable)
- Dataplate location and legend
Usually there is an extensive section of the manual that contains information on controls and instruments including:
- Emergency stop
- Key switch
- Horn usage
- Travel speed and direction selector
- Steering wheel
- Hydraulic controls
- Switches for lamps and fans and other accessories
- Brake pedal
Many forklift operator manuals will also list warning codes and error codes, however more extensive info on these items are found in forklift service manuals, which are used for repair purposes.
Types of Forklift Operator Manuals
Fork-lift operator manuals come is several formats.
- You can download a printable PDF format. PDF is an electronic document format that displays a publication in digital format in the same layout as a print book.
- Operator manuals come as printed paper books.
- Some operator manuals come on CD, or DVD discs.
Where to buy Forklift Operator Manuals
Forklift operator manuals are available from the following sources:
- Forklift manufacturers via forklift dealers.
- PDF libraries. These web sites usually sell out of publication forklift manuals in PDF format.
- Ebay sells used paper forklift manuals
Did you know?
Did you know that in the USA, that OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires all forklift owner’s to have a printed forklift operator manual onboard all forklift trucks.
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