Safe Use Of Electric Industrial Vehicles

Pack Mule electric utility carts and vehicles are built to provide the maximum safety for the operator with sturdy frames and the fully enclosed foot area. However, the highest level of safety is provided by the operator’s following these common-sense guidelines whenever the electric utility vehicle is being used.


(1) Read the Pack vehicle’s owner’s manual in order to become familiar with the safety guidelines, operating and maintenance procedures, and

(2) Receive training in the safe operation of the vehicle under the conditions of the operating environment in which it will be used.

In addition, prior to starting each shift, the operator should complete the safety and operational checklist and have a qualified mechanic correct any problems detected.


(1) Do not mount or dismount the vehicle when the key is in the on position.

(2) Be sure the on-board battery charge cord is disconnected and properly stored.

(3) Position yourself correctly in the vehicle, keeping arms and legs within the confines of the vehicle.

(4) Prior to turning the vehicle on, be sure the direction switch is in the neutral position.

(5) Select the direction of travel and when safe to do so, depress the accelerator pedal to achieve the desired speed, using only necessary power, and adjust the speed according to the surface conditions.

(6) Always maintain adequate distance between vehicles, people and obstacles.

(7) Keep both hands on the steering wheel while operating the vehicle.

(8) Bring the vehicle to a stop before changing direction from forward to reverse. Always exercise extreme caution when traveling in reverse.

(9) Never abruptly change directions to prevent cargo from shifting and possibly injuring someone.

(10) Always drive directly up or down an incline, never across or at an angle.

(11) Do not use the vehicle to push objects.

(12) Do not allow the tires of the vehicle to lose contact with the ground.

(13) Never exceeded the designated passenger load or towing capacity.


(1) Determine the weight carrying capacity of the deck space on the vehicle as well as the weight of the materials intended to be loaded on the deck to assure that the weight of the materials does not exceed the capacity of the deck.

(2) Turn the vehicle off when loading or unloading cargo.

(3) Do not stack cargo so the operator’s view is obstructed.

(4) Use extreme caution when transporting cargo that is longer or wider than the cargo platform.

(5) Carefully position and evenly balance and properly secure all cargo on the tow vehicle and/or trailer.

(6) Be extremely careful carrying cargo that extends beyond the vehicle or trailer’s deck or shelving and be sure to place a flag at the furthest most point of the extended cargo.

(7) When unloading, be sure to place the cargo a safe distance away from the vehicle and out if its path.


(1) Do not exceed the maximum towing capacity of the tow vehicle or the device that you are towing.

(2) Be sure to calculate the weight of the load plus the weight of the trailer.

(3) Determine the weight towing capacity of the vehicle as well as the weight of the carts to be towed and the materials intended to be loaded on those carts to assure that the weight of the carts and materials to be towed does not exceed the towing capacity of the vehicle.

(4) Turn the vehicle of when connecting or disconnecting equipment that will be towed.

(5) Be sure the load that you are towing is properly secured.

(6) Remember that extra braking distance will be required to slow down or come to a stop.


(1) Do not block fire aisles, fire or rescue equipment.

(2) Place the directional switch in the park or neutral position.

(3) Turn the key switch to the off position.

(4) If parking on an incline, you must block the wheels.


(1) Place the vehicle in a well-ventilated area.

(2) Remove the deck for battery ventilation.

(3) Plug the charger cord into the wall receptacle.

(4) Do not smoke at any time while charging or servicing the batteries.