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Forklift Safety: Who Has the Right of Way?

With a weak economy and consumer confidence low, companies are closely watching revenue and profit margins. The few companies that are experiencing growth are holding off on non-essential costs such as building expansions or moving to larger facilities. Forklift Pedestrian Safety More work is being accomplished in tighter areas – that means forklifts and pedestrians […]

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How the Aichi Scissor Lift Helps with OSHA Height Regulations

When general maintenance tasks require elevation, the quickest and easiest solution is to grab a ladder. However, a ladder has its limitations and falls continue to be a top-reported OSHA injury. OSHA Height Regulations What are the OSHA height regulations? For general industry workplaces, OSHA requires fall protection be provided to employees when elevations reach […]

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What to Do During a Forklift Tip-Over

On average 100 people lose their lives each year working on, or around forklifts, and almost half of those casualties result from forklift tip-over accidents. Engineering, accident statistics, eye-witness, and first-hand accounts tell us that if an operator stays inside the overhead guard area in the seat of the forklift, the operator’s chance of survival […]

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Operating Forklifts on Ramps

When operating on a forklift ramp, slope or incline, the operator must follow specific travel rules for their own safety. A ramp is defined as a grade of 10% or more. Forklifts with a Load Drive with the load uphill on ramps Drive forward, load uphill going up a ramp Drive backward, load uphill going […]

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Forklift Battery Charging Station Safety

When an electric forklift’s battery is approximately 80% discharged, it is an ideal time for the forklift operator to return the battery to the charging station. Because charging the forklift battery poses safety risks involving sulfuric acid, battery charging installations shall be located in areas designated for that purpose only and forklift battery charging station […]

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Operating a Forklift with a Damaged Overhead Guard

Our forklift was in an accident and now has a damaged overhead guard (OHG). The Service Manager tagged out the forklift, but another manager requested it be placed back on the production floor. What is the right decision?   Forklift OHG: OSHA Requirements OSHA is clear that a damaged or malfunctioning forklift be tagged out […]

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Forklift Tail Swing

A forklift counterweight can show the failure in design and layout of a facility. Unlike automobiles, forklifts steer from the rear. This design creates a forklift tail swing during turns, moving the rear of the forklift to the opposite side of the turn. Pedestrians and fixed objects such as walls, racking and products are at risk […]

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Training Another Company’s Forklift Operators

“After attending a forklift trainer program for my company, can I consider training another company’s forklift operators?” ProLift occasionally receives this question from our class attendees. They’ve completed a forklift Train-the-Trainer course on behalf of their company, and later someone they know personally asks to hire them for training. Can you train another company’s forklift […]

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Training For Change

Why do we conduct forklift operator training every 3 years? Things change with technology, facilities, materials, processes, laws, standards, and forklift equipment. Unfortunately, we human beings change over time too: eye sight, eye-to-hand coordination, motor skills, memory and cognitive capability. Forklift Training: Training and Evaluation Changes require training and evaluation. We must allow operators to […]

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Should You Borrow or Lend a Forklift?

When you don’t need a forklift on a regular basis, it can be tempting to save money for a rental and borrow a forklift. If you own a forklift, it’s also understandable that you would want to help a neighbor with their quick lifting need. But, using a forklift owned by another business puts both […]

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Why You Should Avoid Reaching Through a Forklift Mast

Each year we learn about operator injuries & fatalities involving forklift masts. What are the main causes of these forklift accidents? During his 23 years of training at Toyota Forklift and ProLift, John Smith has heard several stories of forklift accidents involving the mast. Two causes stand out to him – an unstable load and […]

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Tips and Tools for Loading and Off-Loading Product on Pallet Racking

When a forklift operator’s visibility is compromised by the mast, product or pallet racking, it can lead to pallet rack damage. Tools are available to assist operators, but before making an investment, it is beneficial to review the basics for loading and off-loading product on pallet racking. Pallet Racking Load Dimensions Is your product too […]