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Forklift Precautions in Cold Weather

With cold weather come additional hazards for forklift operation. During the winter season we must stay alert to factors such as temperature, snow, sleet, ice, etc. Slips & Falls Outside is cold. Inside is warm. For a forklift operating in both areas, these changes in temperature will cause condensation to form on the forklift. Operators […]

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Fork Position of a Forklift

Do you know the best fork position on your forklift? Knowing the correct answer may seem insignificant, but it is a skill that requires education of the operator as well as enforcement of the rules. It reduces accidents, but more importantly reduces the severity of injuries when accidents do happen. Forks: Driving Due to the operator’s […]

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Toyota System of Active Stability (SAS)

Providing forklift safety training to operators is one of the best practices to prevent accidents involving employees and product. However, even with training, operators will find themselves in dangerous situations. Toyota recognizes this reality and since 1999 has equipped their forklifts with the System of Active Stability (SAS). This system includes an active control rear […]

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Does a Safety Video Qualify as Forklift Safety Training?

Training is required prior to an operator using a forklift. Some trainers and companies have opted to use forklift safety training videos to meet requirements. But, does a safety video qualify as forklift safety training? OSHA Guideline for Forklift Safety Training Per 1910.178(l)(2)(ii), “Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, […]

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Aerial Lift Safety: When to Wear a Body Harness

A common question regarding aerial lift truck safety is “do my operators need to wear a body harness?” The risk of an operator being catapulted is the true deciding factor. It sounds extreme but when an operator drives a boom lift over rough terrain, even in a lowered position, an operator can be ejected up […]

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Who Is ANSI?

When you purchase a replacement bulb for a light fixture at home, do you expect it to screw into place? Do you presume a 60 watt bulb will be brighter than a 40 watt bulb? And, when you plug the lamp in, do you trust the plug to fit into the wall socket properly? Wow, […]

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The Basics of a Pre-Shift Forklift Inspection

When attending a forklift safety class, heavy focus is placed on accidents and preventative measures. Operator safety and skills need attention, but your company must also emphasize the importance of forklift inspection and maintenance. OSHA Guidelines for Forklift Inspection Pre-shift forklift inspections are required by federal law. It states “Industrial trucks shall be examined before […]

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Forklift Safety: Hiring Contractors

It takes many hands to run a warehouse. At times you must call upon the expertise of others, such as contractors, for building repairs or renovations. When heavy equipment is involved, it’s important to understand federal law and regulations. Contractor Safety: Aerial Lifts A major factor is the type of equipment. The most common equipment […]

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Horseplay and Its Unintended Consequences

We all want to have fun at work and one of the best ways to build employee relations is to share a laugh. It reduces stress, makes a team more cohesive and can improve productivity. However, having a laugh and engaging in “forklift horseplay” – actions that are frivolous and rough – are two different […]

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How Important is a Forklift Operator Seat Belt?

Seat belts save lives, which is why their usage is not an option. A forklift seat belt helps to prevent the most common human reaction during a tip-over … to jump! An operator’s panicked attempt to get away puts him at great risk for being crushed under a multi-ton machine. Forklift Tip-Overs Tip-over accidents claim, […]

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Forklift Seat Belt Requirement

What safety precautions are required if we own a forklift designed prior to the seat belt requirement? OSHA does not directly address seat belt requirements in federal regulation 1910.178. When the law does not directly answer an issue, OSHA letters of interpretation become the next resource to offer a clearer explanation. Forklift Seat Belt Retro-Fit Kit Seat […]

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Taking Advantage of Your Forklift Equipment Delivery

Your forklift is being unloaded off the delivery truck. The dealer’s equipment specialist is also at your facility to ensure a successful arrival and answer questions. While it’s quicker to sign off on the delivery paperwork and get back to your daily tasks, now is also an opportunity to learn more about your forklift. Forklift […]