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 Operating Rules for Industrial Trucks PDF

The Operating Rules for Industrial Trucks is a labor law posters poster by the California Department Of Industrial Relations. This poster is mandatory for some employers, including employers who operate forklifts and other types of industrial trucks or tow tractors.

This poster must be posted in a conspicuous place where all employees of any California industry that operates industrial trucks will see it. This poster describes the rules that must be followed for proper usage and safe use of industrial trucks.


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OPERATING  RULES  FOR  
INDUSTRIAL  TRUCKS  	
General Industry Safety Order   3664   
Operating Rules (Part (a))   	
(a)	 Every employer  using industrial trucks or industrial tow 
t	
ractors  shall  post  and  enforce  a  set  of  operating  rules 
including the appropriate rules listed in Section   3650   (t) . 	
General Industry Safety Order   3650    
Industrial  Trucks. General (Part  (t))  	
(t)	  Industrial trucks and tow tractors shall be operated in a 
s	 afe manner in accordance with the following operating 
rules: 
(1)	  Only drivers authorized by the employer and trained 
i	

n  the  safe  operations   of  industrial  trucks  or 
industrial  tow  tractors  pursuant  to  Section  3668 
shall be permitted to operate such vehicles. 
(2)	  Stun
 t driving and horseplay are prohibited. 
(3)	  No  riders  shall  be  permitted  on  vehicles  unless 
pr
 ovided with adequate riding facilities. 
(4)	  Employees shall not ride on the forks of lift trucks. 
(5)	  Employees  shall  not  place  any part  of  their  bodies 
out

side  the  running  lines  of  an  industrial  truck  or 
between  mast  uprights  or  other  parts  of  the  truck 
where shear or crushing hazards exist. 
(6)	  Employees  shall  not  be  allowed  to  stand,  pass,  or 
w

ork  under  the  elevated  portion  of  any  industrial 
truck,  loaded  or  empty ,  unless  it  is  effectively 
blocked to prevent it from falling. 
(7)	  Drivers  shall  check  the  vehicle  at  the  beginning  of 
eac

h shift, and if it is found to be unsafe, the matter 
shall  be  reported  immediately  to  a  foreman  or 
mechanic, and the vehicle shall not be put in service 
again until it has been made safe. Attention shall be 
given to the proper functioning of tires, horn, lights, 
batter y,  controlle r,  brakes,  steering  mechanism, 
cooling  system,  and  the  lift  system  for  fork lifts 
(forks, chains, cable, and  limit switches). 
(8)	  No  truck  shall  be  operated  with  a  leak  in  the  fuel 
s
 ystem . 
(9)  Vehicles  shall  not  exceed  the  authorized  or  safe 
s
 peed,  always  maintaining  a  safe  distance  from 
other  vehicles,  keeping  the  truck  under  positive 
control  at  all  times  and  all  established  traffic 
regulations  shall  be  observed.  For  trucks  traveling 
in  the  same  direction,  a  safe  distance  may  be 
considered  to  be  approximately  3  truck  lengths  or 
preferably  a  time  lapse  -3  seconds  -passing  the 
same point. 	
General Industry Safety Order  3650 
Industrial  Trucks. General (Part  (t)) 	
(10)	  Trucks  traveling  in  the  same  direction  shall  not 
be 	 passed  at  intersections,  blind  spots,  or 
dangerous locations. 
(1 1)	  The driver  shall slow  down  and sound the  horn 
at

 cross aisles and other locations where vision 
is obstructed. If the load being carried obstructs 
forward  vie w,  the  driver  shall  be  required  to 
travel  with the  load trailing. 
(12)	  Operators shall look in the direction of travel and 
s

hall  not  move  a  vehicle  until  certain  that  all 
persons are in the clear. 
(13)	  Trucks shall not be driven up to anyone standing 
i
 n front of  a bench  or  other  fixed object of  such 
size  that  the  person  could  be  caught  between 
the truck  and object. 
(14)	  Grades  shall be ascended or descended  slowly. 
(A)  When  ascending  or  descending  grades  in 
e	
 xcess  of  10  percent,  loaded  trucks  shall 
be driven with the load upgrade. 
(B)  On  all  grades  the  load  and  load  engaging 
m
 eans shall be tilted back if applicable, and 
raised only as far as necessary to clear the 
road surface. 
(C)  Motorized hand and hand/rider trucks shall 
be 

operated  on  all  grades  with  the  load-
engaging means downgrade. 
(15)	  The  forks  shall  always  be  carried  as  low  as 
pos	

sible, consistent with safe operations. 
(16)	  When  leaving  a  vehicle  unattended  (the 
oper

ator is over 25 feet (7.6 meters) from or out 
of  sight  of  the  industrial  truck),  the  brakes  are 
set,  the  mast  is  brought  to  the  vertical  position, 
and forks are left in the down position, either : 
(A)  The  power  shall  be  shut  off  and,  when  left 
on 	

an  incline,  the  wheels  shall  be  blocked; 
or 
(B)  The  power  may  remain  on  provided  the 
w
 heels are blocked, front and rear. 
(17)	  When  the  operator  of  an  industrial  truck  is 
di	
 smounted  and  within  25  feet  (7.6  meters)  of 
the  truck  which  remains  in  the  operator ’ s  view, 
the load engaging means shall be fully lowered, 
controls placed in neutral, and the brakes set to 
prevent movement. 
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OPER	A	TING 	R	ULES FOR	
 	
INDUSTRIAL T	R	UCKS	
 	
 	
General Industry Safety Order 	 3650 	 	
Industrial 	 Trucks. General (Pa	rt  (t)) 	 	
Exception	:  	
Forks on 	fork	-equippe	d industrial 	 trucks 	 may be in 	 	
the raised position for loading and unloading 	 by the 	
operator 	 if  the  forks  are  raised  no  more  than  42 	 	
inches 	 above  the 	same 	level 	on  which 	the 	 	
industrial  truck  is  located, 	 the  power  is  shut  off, 	 	
controls placed in 	neutral 	 and the brakes set. If on 	
an  incline,  the  wheels 	 shall  be 	 securely 	 blocked	.  	
Whenever  the  forks  are  raised,  the  operator  will 	 	
remain  in  the  seat  of  the  industrial  truck  except 	 	
when the operator is 	 actively 	 loading or unloading 	 	
materials.		  	
(18) 	Vehicl	es 	 shall 	 not 	 be 	 run 	 onto  any 	 elevator 	 unless 	
the driver is specifically 	 authorized to do so. Before 	
entering an elevato	r, the driver shall determine that 	
the  capacity 	 of  the  elevator  will 	 not  be  exceeded. 	
Once  on  an  elevato	r,  the  industrial 	 truck	’s  power 	
shall be shut o	ff and the brakes set. 	
(19) 	Motorized hand trucks shall enter elevators or 	 other 	
confined areas 	 with the load end forward. 	
(20)		 Vehicles  shall 	 not  be  operated  on  floors,  sidewalk 	
doors,  or  platforms 	 that 	 will 	 not 	 safely 	 support  the 	
loaded vehicle. 	
(21)		 Prior to driving onto trucks, trailers and railroad cars,  
their flooring shall 	 be checked for breaks and other 	
structural weaknesses. 	
(22)		 Vehicles 	 shall 	 not 	 be 	 driven  in  and 	 out 	 of  highway 	
trucks and trailers at 	 loading docks until su	ch 	 trucks 	
or trailers are securely blocked or restrained and the  
brakes set. 	
(23)		 To prevent railroad cars from 	 moving during loading 	
or unloading operations, the car brakes shall be set, 
wheel  chocks  or  other  recognized  positive  stops 
used,  and  blue  f	lags  or  lights  displayed  in 	
accordance with Section 	3333 	 of these Orders and 	
Title 	 49, 	 CFR, 	 Se	ction  218.27 	 which  is 	 hereby 	
incorporated by reference. 	 	
(24) 	The width of one tire on the powered industrial truck  
shall be the minimum distance maintained from the	
  	
edge 	 by 	 the 	 truck 	 while  it 	 is  on  any 	 elevated 	 dock,	
 	
platform, freight car or truck.	
 	
(25)		 Railroad  tracks  shall 	 be  crossed  diagonall	y, 	
wherever  possible. 	 Parking  closer 	 than  8  1/2  feet 	
from the centerline of railroad tracks is prohibited. 	
(26	) Trucks 	 shall 	 not 	 be 	 loaded 	 in  excess 	 of  their 	 rated 	
capacit	y. 	
(27) 	A  loaded vehicle shall not be move	d until the load is 	
safe and secure. 	
General Industry Safety Order 	3650 	
Industrial 	Trucks. General (Part 	(t)) 	
(28)		 Extreme  care  shall  be  taken  when  tilting  loads.  
Tilting 	 forward  with  the  load  engaging  means 	
elevated shall be prohibited except 	 when picking 	
up a load. 
Elevated loads 	 shall 	 not b	 e tilted forward except 	
when the load is 	 being  deposited  onto a storage 	
rack 	 or  equivalent. 	 W hen  stacking  or 	 tiering, 	
backward tilt shall be limited to that necessary 	 to 	
stabilize the load. 	
(29) 	The  load 	 enga	ging  device  shall 	 be  placed  in 	
such  a  manner  that 	 the  load  will  be  securely 	
held 	 or supported. 	
(30) 	Special 	 precautions  shall  be  taken  in  the 	
securing 	 and  handling  of  loads  by 	 trucks 	
equipped  with  attachments,  and  during  the  
operation  of 	 these  trucks 	 after 	 the  loads 	 have 	
been removed. 	
(31)		 When  powered  industrial  trucks  are  used  to  
open and close doors, 	 the following provisions 	
shall be 	 complied with: 	
(A) 	A  device specifically 	 designed for opening 	
or  closing  doors  shall  be 	 attached  to  the 	
truck. 	
(B) 	The force applied by 	 the device to the door 	
shall 	 be  applied  parallel 	 to  the  direction  of 	
travel of the doo	r. 	
(C) 	The entire door opening operation shall be  
in full view of the oper	ato	r. 	
(D) 	The  truck  operator 	 and  other  employees 	
shall  be  clear  of  the  area  where  the  door  
might fall 	 while being opened. 	
(32) 	If loads 	 are lifted by two or 	 more trucks working 	
in  unison,  t	 he  t	 otal 	 weight  of  t	   	he  load shall 	 not 	
exceed the combined rated 	 lifting capacity 	 of all 	
trucks involved. 	
(33) 	When  provided  by 	 	the  i	 	ndustrial 	 	truck 	
manufacturer,  an  operator  restraint  system 
such as a seat belt shall be 	 used	. 
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November 2018

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