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Forklift Floor and Operating Surfaces

Forklifts are called “heavy equipment” for good reason. An unloaded standard forklift at 5,000 lbs of rated lift capacity weighs 9,000 lbs. With a load, the forklift weight can increase to 14,000 lbs. Pressure on Floor Surfaces It’s not uncommon to see blacktop damaged by repeated forklift traffic. When carrying a maximum capacity load, a […]

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OSHA Law & Its Intent

As an appointed company trainer or supervisor, you will periodically receive calls or emails regarding job safety. While it’s easy to give a short answer, don’t miss your opportunity to show concern, educate the person asking and dig deeper to learn why the question was asked. “For me, the answer I give is not fully […]

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Damaged Forklift Operator Seats

Can you imagine riding in your car on a torn seat during an 8-hour road trip? When we do not periodically replace damaged forklift operator seats, we are essentially asking the same of our operators – every shift, every day. How does a damaged forklift operator seat affect production? Forklift Operator Ergonomics The loss of the […]

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Overloading a Forklift

Some might say, “If the rear tires of the forklift are on the ground, it can handle the load you are attempting to pick up.” However, this statement is proven untrue with every tip-over. Understanding the basic design of a counterbalance forklift will help increase operator safety. 80/20 Forklift Design Regardless of the forklift manufacturer, […]

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Forklift Mast Assembly Repair and Operator Safety

If a forklift mast has sufficient structural strength to lift a pallet of brick, what could it do to an arm or leg? It can be said an accident with a forklift mast is worse than losing a limb to a guillotine because a guillotine has a sharp edge. A forklift mast assembly can destroy […]

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Is Damaged Forklift Paint a Sign of Something More?

What message does this picture of damaged forklift paint convey? Is it “normal” or a sign of a larger problem? If your teenager’s car looked like the forklift in the picture, would you be concerned about his or her safety? Damaged Forklifts Mean Damaged Products Decimated paint tells a truth we cannot ignore. Paint is […]

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The Benefits of Aerial Lifts

Aerial lifts can make a difference in your company’s day to day operation. There is a broad spectrum of models with a variety of lift heights suitable for almost any work environment. When choosing an aerial lift, some aspects to consider are indoor vs. outdoor applications, vertical and horizontal reach of platform and lifting capacities. […]

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Remove Forklift Hazards with Forklift Pedestrian Awareness

Forklifts and pedestrians often work in close proximity. Fatal forklift accident statistics prove that pedestrians are getting: Crushed between the forklift and an object Crushed between two vehicles Struck or run over As a pedestrian in a forklift environment, it’s your responsibility to keep yourself safe. This is a key reason to train each pedestrian […]

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Defining Forklift Load Center

Understanding the forklift load center and its load is vital to an operator keeping the unit stable. To protect operators and product, a manufacturer states load center ratings on the forklift data tag. To understand the concept of load center, visualize two children one bigger, one smaller on a playground see saw. Because of his […]

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Removing the Forklift Load Backrest

The forklift load backrest can be the highest point of the forklift. Trailer tops, rack systems, lights, HVAC, sprinkler systems and other overhead obstructions come in contact with load backrests. Can you remove the forklift load backrest? If an object above the forklift gets hit, do you blame the load backrest – or the operator? […]

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Forklift Safety and Warehouse Housekeeping

Forklifts are used in various environments. They are exposed to shrink wrap, banding materials and other debris from the manufacturing and warehouse process, which makes housekeeping important to the safe and proper operation of a forklift. Warehouse Housekeeping OSHA CFR1910.143(a)(3) Housekeeping. All places of employment shall be kept clean to the extent that the nature […]

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Dock Safety Hazards of Loading and Unloading Trailers

The act of loading and unloading a trailer forces the forklift operator to interact with another piece of equipment (trailer) and another human (truck driver), which increases safety risks and hazards. Dock Safety: Common Hazards Trucks and trailers can creep away from docks while loading and unloading due to the weight and force of the […]