Mobile Equipment

There are many types of mobile equipment, their use depends on the processes involved with the industry.

  • Examples of mobile equipment include:
  • Forklifts, towing equipment, cranes
  • Maintenance buggies & electric carts
  • Automated storage & retrieval systems, order pickers, aerial lifts and scissor lifts
  • Machines & hauling equipment (loaders, haul trucks, utility trucks, excavators.)

Operator Safety

  • Do not exceed posted speed limits; if not posted, then ask management
  • Do not make sharp turns or swings; always understand the center of gravity of the machine; do not exceed rated loads
  • Honk at intersections before proceeding; always make sure there is a clear line of sight
  • Wear seat belts and Personal Protective Equipment, as required
  • Understand company policy on right-of-way

Machine Safety

  • Machine safety is the management of safety risks that can occur when operating a machine.
  • Inspect the function of the doors / hinges, hydraulic hoses, nuts / bolts, condition of tires and other areas.
  • Verify lights, gauges, horns and other similar equipment are in working order; verify fluids are at required levels.
  • Ensure there are no obstructions or debris in the equipment before starting and the vehicle is free from leaks of any type.
  • Make sure the operating manual has been reviewed before operating any equipment

Work Environment Safety

  • It is a good practice to have an understanding of the work environment before entering.
  • Inspect the condition of the ground for holes, obstructions, dips and uneven surfaces.
  • Inspect the condition of walls, racks, vertical and overhead storage
  • Verify the area is well lit or can be illuminated with vehicle or machine lighting
  • Always identify pedestrians and other vehicles and verify they see you

Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • What types of task training are provided for Mobile Equipment? What daily checks are conducted on Mobile Equipment?