Safe Operation of a Liftgate
Are you new to driving a box truck with a liftgate? Liftgates offer an excellent solution for reducing labor and quickly moving cargo. However, as with any heavy machinery, the safe operation of a liftgate is essential. Liftgate injuries can be serious or life-threatening. You should only operate a liftgate when completely familiar with the equipment.
Don’t Neglect Training on Basic Liftgate Operation
Always ask for help if you’re unsure about using a liftgate. Our liftgate sales and installation team is here to help following your liftgate installation, inspections, or repairs. Check out this online video on operating the Maxon Railift, one of our most popular models, for tips on liftgate use – but please keep in mind models vary. Each type of liftgate presents unique hazards. We urge you to familiarize yourself with the instruction manual for your liftgate model, recommended guidelines, and safety/warning decals on your liftgate.
Always Check Liftgate Equipment Before Operation
Never operate the liftgate before inspecting it for damage. If you see any signs the liftgate requires maintenance, do not use it. Never attempt liftgate repair on your own. Our commercial truck service center offers authorized warranty repairs for many popular liftgate models. We provide fast service to return your commercial truck to safe operation.
Loading and Unloading Cargo with a Liftgate
When you load or unload cargo using the liftgate, make sure the truck is on a level surface, clear of obstacles, with the brakes engaged. Set out safety cones and alert bystanders to keep their distance, checking for proper clearance before lowering the lift. Stand to the liftgate’s side, operating using the control switches only. Move cargo only. Never drive a forklift onto the liftgate or use it to move personnel. Always stow and latch the liftgate platform when it’s not in use.
Ensure Proper Weight Distribution
Familiarize yourself with your liftgate’s weight capacity. Always compare it to your cargo weight before loading and unloading. Never exceed the recommended rate load capacity. Center each load on the platform evenly before moving items with the liftgate. Block-in cargo, securely stacking each piece in direct contact with the other and using straps and chocks to prevent shifting, tipping, and rolling in transit. If cargo falls – move out of the way. Never put yourself in harm’s way to save freight.
Maintain Awareness of Liftgate Pinch Points
Watch out for pinch points or areas where you could get caught in moving liftgate parts. Keep your body clear of liftgate components, paying particular attention to hands and feet when raising or lowering the liftgate. Never place any part of your body beneath a raised lift. Be alert when occupying the area between the liftgate and the truck, which is especially hazardous.
Ensure the safe operation of a liftgate with help from Diamond Mitsubishi Fuso. Contact us at 408-263-7300 to schedule liftgate inspection, service, or maintenance or to get additional instructions on liftgate use for your Santa Clara, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Campbell, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Cruz commercial truck today.