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 […]

burden carrier

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 […]

steel toe boot requirement

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 […]

carbon monoxide

Forklift Carbon Monoxide Levels

As the weather cools, companies become diligent about keeping heating costs down. Doors, windows and vents are closed and air exchanges systems are shut down. However, production continues to run for the forklifts. When equipment is propane powered, carbon monoxide levels can build inside the warehouse or office area. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, […]

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Forklift Near-Miss

What is a forklift near-miss? A forklift near-miss is defined as any unforeseen event that causes a disruption in the workflow; however, it does not cause any injuries or property damage. During forklift safety training classes, ProLift trainers provide near-miss examples such as: Forklift operator slams on brakes to avoid hitting a pedestrian or pallet […]

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Forklift Safety: Who Has the Right of Way?

With a weak economy and consumer confidence low, companies are closely watching revenue and profit margins. The few companies that are experiencing growth are holding off on non-essential costs such as building expansions or moving to larger facilities. Forklift Pedestrian Safety More work is being accomplished in tighter areas – that means forklifts and pedestrians […]

forklift tail swing

Forklift Tail Swing

A forklift counterweight can show the failure in design and layout of a facility. Unlike automobiles, forklifts steer from the rear. This design creates a forklift tail swing during turns, moving the rear of the forklift to the opposite side of the turn. Pedestrians and fixed objects such as walls, racking and products are at risk […]

forklift bulldozing

Is Forklift Bulldozing a Violation of OSHA Federal Law?

Forklift bulldozing is the act of using the tips of the forks on a forklift to push a heavy load. It is a practice often frowned upon for its many safety hazards. Forklift Bulldozing Safety Hazards Visibility is lost, putting the forklift operator and pedestrians at risk for an impact Loads are not safely arranged, […]

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Safe-Lite Forklift Pedestrian Warning Spotlight

Which forklift option is currently trending? The Safe-Lite Forklift Pedestrian Warning Spotlight became a popular forklift “add on” during 2015 and its trend continues. Its main purpose is to avoid collisions between forklifts and pedestrians. By projecting a blue LED light 10-20 feet ahead of the forklift, pedestrians are alerted to nearby traffic. Forklifts and […]

choosing forklift forks

Fork Position of a Forklift

Do you know the best fork position on your forklift? Knowing the correct answer may seem insignificant, but it is a skill that requires education of the operator as well as enforcement of the rules. It reduces accidents, but more importantly reduces the severity of injuries when accidents do happen. Forks: Driving Due to the operator’s […]

Safety No Horseplay

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 […]