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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 […]

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Forklift Safety Parts

A forklift operator has a responsibility to be aware of pedestrians and other operators. In a busy warehouse this is not an easy task. To help keep their employees safe, many companies are investing in forklift safety parts and accessories. Forklift Mirrors Mirrors are affordable, easy to install and can be placed either indoors or […]

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Aerial Lift Personal Protective Equipment – Inspect to Protect

If your company uses aerial work platforms, you know it can be a challenge to enforce the proper safety practices. Couple this with a low level of understanding how to inspect the aerial lift personal protective equipment (PPE) and you now have the potential of safety violations or a serious accident at your facility. Aerial […]

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Skid Steer Safety Training Requirements

Skid steer loaders are popular devices used to move loose materials and for light excavation. With a bevy of attachments, they are some of the most versatile pieces of equipment today. Used in construction, skid steers are also used for industrial applications. Their reputation for adaptability and taking abuse makes them attractive devices for various […]

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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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Terminal Tractor Safety Inspection Outside the Cab

My company uses a terminal tractor to move semi-trailers at the warehouse. As an operator, which items should be inspected prior to getting in the cab? Like forklifts and other warehouse equipment, a terminal tractor, also referred to as a spotter truck or yard truck, will have an operator manual at its delivery. Reviewing 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 […]