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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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Types of Forklift Hydraulics

There are two types of forklift hydraulics: ram-type cylinders and piston-type cylinders. Forklift Hydraulics: Ram-Type Cylinders Ram-type cylinders use a rod with a single diameter, or straight rod. These rods fit closely into the cylinder that is sealed against fluid leaks at the opening. These type rods are used in single direction cylinders (i.e. lift […]

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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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Troubleshooting Your Forklift Breakdown and Preventing the Next One

Forklifts are a key component to your production schedule; therefore, having a forklift breakdown can greatly affect deadlines and your budget. The majority of service calls are due to the forklift leaking fluid or not starting. Other common issues are overheating, an inability to pull or non-working brakes. Making the Service Call When phoning the […]

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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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Inspecting Forks: Fork Hooks, Heels & Tips

The forks on a forklift have a limited life span. Inspecting forks daily can ensure safer operation and should concentrate on 3 areas: fork hooks, heels and tips. Fork Hooks Hooks are vital welds on a forklift because they are the main source for lifting and carrying product. If a hook on a fork fails, […]

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Forklift Technician: Shop or Road Technician

As a forklift technician, you are the person to help customers get their forklifts running or keep it operating efficiently with routine maintenance. “I often tell our technicians they aren’t only the troubleshooters but the superheroes,” says Holly Duddy, ProLift’s Corporate Recruiter. “People are happy to see them arrive.” At ProLift, technicians fall into two […]

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Why is My Forklift Overheating?

When operators notice the temperature gauge has risen into the “red zone”, a forklift must be tagged out of daily production to avoid causing damage to key components. Troubleshooting an Overheating Forklift Broken Fan or Fan Belt The forklift’s fan and fan belt sit under the operator’s seat and toward the back of the unit. […]

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Forklift Oil Leaks

Are you spotting forklift oil on the warehouse floor? Or, is forklift oil being replenished every two weeks to manage a leak? Forklift oil leaks are bothersome and depending on the source of a forklift oil leak, the repair can be expensive. If the leak isn’t resolved easily with a hose or O-ring replacement, the issue […]

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8 Tips For Changing a Forklift LP Tank

Because liquid propane (LP) is a flammable and explosive gas, changing an LP tank on a forklift offers risks. To keep ourselves and co-workers safe, we must act responsibly. Changing a Forklift LP Tank Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) The fuel inside the LP tank is contained at a high pressure and has a temperature […]