Out of the Trailer

Enforcing Rules for Semi-Truck Unloading

The majority of semi-truck drivers are paid by the mile or number of delivered loads. When their truck is sitting on a dock waiting to be unloaded, the driver’s schedule and paycheck can be affected. To put pressure on the dock crew, the driver may stand on the dock or back of the truck. The […]

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8 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Personnel Carrier

Pedestrian interaction with material handling equipment traffic is one of the most dangerous situations in a manufacturing, warehousing or distribution environment. Without protected walkways it is difficult for operators to visually locate pedestrians. Personnel carriers can not only increase the safe transport of employees but it can also increase their productivity. Forklift Pedestrian Safety Forklift […]

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Toyota Paper Roll Handling Forklift

The paper roll handling application is one of the most demanding and rugged applications for a forklift. As a result, the paper industry has been forced to cope with forklift issues such as: Overheating Poor fuel economy Poor roll clamp operation Product & equipment damage Equipment downtime Operator fatigue Sound familiar? It’s time to consider […]

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Dirty, Overheating Forklifts Violate OSHA Federal Law

Can an OSHA officer write a citation for a dirty forklift? Or using the forklift while overheating? OSHA Federal Workplace Law Related to Forklift Overheating OSHA CFR1910.178(q)(10): Industrial trucks shall be kept in a clean condition, free of lint, excess oil and grease. OSHA CFR1910.178(q)(9): When the temperature of any part of a truck is […]

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Should You Be Wearing Steel Toe Boots at Your Facility?

  At ProLift our technicians, equipment sales specialists and safety trainers visit many customer facilities. Each facility has unique guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE), including their steel toe boots requirement. When our interaction requires time on the production floor, the customer may require us to wear protective footwear such as steel toe boots. The […]

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Selecting an Aerial Lift For Your Job

All too often selecting and aerial lift is based on guesses, the model used in a previous application or what’s currently available in a dealership’s rental or used fleet. When you have the wrong equipment, operators are tempted to find production solutions that compromise safety. Thinking of your previous aerial lift selection, what factors were […]

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Running Out of Forklift Fuel

Accidents can be the result of running out of forklift fuel. Imagine an operator picking up a load with a paper roll clamp attachment. After raising the load to an appropriate height, the operator moves the forklift forward to place the load on top of other rolls. Suddenly, the forklift engine dies. Out of fuel, […]

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Forklift Training Best Practices

Since 1997, ProLift has supported customers with forklift safety training classes for forklift operators and forklift operator train-the-trainer classes for new trainers. Some trainings are hosted at our ProLift locations; however, most take place at the customer’s site and our Training team has learned how to plan for a training class no matter the setting […]

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Busting the Myths of Large Capacity Forklifts

Large capacity forklifts aren’t just about a heavier counterweight. According to ProLift’s team of equipment specialists, companies make themselves vulnerable to increased forklift repairs and accidents with this logic. Large Capacity Forklift Myths Big forklifts don’t tip-over You’re not picking up the typical product, wrapped and stacked neatly on a pallet. It’s heavy, long and […]

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Forklift Safety: Hands-On Evaluation

Forklift trainers are responsible for observing operators during the initial and refresher forklift training. What is the best way to score the forklift hands-on evaluation? After zoning off a safe area for forklift operator training away from daily warehouse production and pedestrians, a company trainer can evaluate each participant’s knowledge of the forklift’s operation. Each […]

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Should You Have an In-House Forklift Safety Trainer?

Every company using forklifts is responsible for providing operator safety training to keep in compliance with federal law. When developing a safety plan for your company and its forklift operators, the first decision to make is whether to have an in-house forklift safety trainer or outsource to a specialist. In-House Forklift Safety Trainer Advantages When […]

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Forklift Travel Speed

Unless you’ve communicated a specific forklift travel speed to the dealer, equipment comes from the manufacturer to your facility at a preset speed based on its model; however, the preset speed may not match your production or safety goals. To learn the most common reasons for speed adjustments, we spoke to Casey Oliver, ProLift Customer […]