forkliftThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has 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.

The 48-page manual outlines some of the basic safety situations that may be encountered during normal operation and maintenance of the machine and suggests possible ways of dealing with these conditions. (The AEM notes that the manual is not a substitute for the manufacturer’s operating manual.)

Developed with the help of AEM member manufacturers -- including members of the association’s Truck-Mounted Forklift Committee – the manual uses an updated layout and pictorials for easier comprehension.

Changes include:

  • More accurate information specific to different machine configurations
  • New guidance provided for travelling while unloaded
  • Expanded instructions for operating on uneven terrain
  • Expanded guidance for handling high loads
  • A new section explaining load stability factors

AEM’s safety and training materials cover more than 40 types of equipment used in agricultural, construction, forestry and utility applications. The association initiated its safety-tools program more than 40 years ago to provide job-proven and time-tested suggestions that promote safety-conscious attitudes and performance. In addition to accident prevention, benefits include improved worker productivity and less equipment downtime for repairs.

The AEM Truck-Mounted Forklift Safety Manual is available online at Some safety materials are offered in downloadable files or in DVD format. AEM members receive discounts on select materials.