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Brake / Gas pedals close together

Has anyone encounter an issue with pressing the gas and brake pedals at the time due to larger safety boots? We had an issue where our operator tried stopping but due to the safety boots he pressed both pedals together.

Aside from hiring people with smaller feet does anyone have any suggestions to help prevent this issue.

Thanks in advance
  • Posted 10 Jan 2019 07:47
  • Discussion started by Timpson
  • Ontario, Canada
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i have big feet and i have this problem on smaller machines. i tend to find myself using my toes to push the pedals and not the whole foot. im not sure if an ideal solution exists.
  • Posted 15 Jan 2019 21:49
  • Reply by TonytheTrainer
  • Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
An age old problem I'm afraid, some trucks are worse than others due to the close proximity of the pedals.

The only thing you can do is to trial various brands of safety footwear and see which ones are best in this situation.

The potential for this to happen is something that I always cover during operator training, citing it as one of the reasons to always allow plenty of time to stop, and never to rush towards anyone or anything.
  • Posted 13 Jan 2019 09:37
  • Reply by FLTS
  • United Kingdom
What model forklift was this? If it had an inching petal, that you use your left foot on, they should have been able to control any movement even if the throttle was unintentionally pressed. I saw this happen when the operator with huge feet didn't have his left foot in position ready to go on the inching petal and his right foot got jammed up on the throttle and he went flying backward and put the counterweight through a wooden 2X4 wall. It was operator error.
  • Posted 10 Jan 2019 12:57
  • Reply by mrfixit
  • New York, United States

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