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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 […]

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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 […]