AEM updates its forklift safety manual

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has extensively updated its Truck-Mounted Forklift Safety Manual to provide machine operators, maintenance personnel, and others on the jobsite with up-to-date industry safety and maintenance information.

This manual outlines some of the basic safety situations that may be encountered during normal operation and maintenance of the machine and suggests ways of dealing with these conditions. It is not a substitute for the manufacturer's operating manual(s).

The 48-page manual was developed with the help of AEM member manufacturers, including members of the association's Truck-Mounted Forklift Committee. It uses an updated layout with AEM pictorials for easier comprehension.

Significant content changes include:

  • More accurate information specific to different machine configurations

  • New guidance provided for traveling while unloaded

  • Expanded instructions for operating on uneven terrain

  • Expanded guidance for handling high loads

  • A new section explaining load stability factors

This manual, as well as the association's other safety manuals, videos, and related educational materials, is available online at Some safety materials are offered in downloadable files or in DVD format. AEM members receive discounts on select materials.

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