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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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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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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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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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Forklift Safety for Ramps, Slopes and Inclines

A ramp, slope or incline is defined as an angle that exceeds 10%, or approximately one foot rise for every ten feet of ramp or incline. OSHA 1910.178(n)(7) addresses regulations for forklift ramps, slopes or inclines that must be followed any time a powered industrial truck is on a defined incline. OSHA Regulations for Ramps […]

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Longer Forks versus Fork Extensions

Forklift forks must support at least two thirds of the load’s length. So, if an operator handles 6 ft. square crates, the minimum legal fork length would be 4 ft. Fork extensions can be utilized to quickly lengthen the forks but depending on a company’s load demands, longer forks offer a safer alternative. Fork Extensions: […]

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What to Do During a Forklift Tip-Over

On average 100 people lose their lives each year working on, or around forklifts, and almost half of those casualties result from forklift tip-over accidents. Engineering, accident statistics, eye-witness, and first-hand accounts tell us that if an operator stays inside the overhead guard area in the seat of the forklift, the operator’s chance of survival […]

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Reading a Forklift Data Tag

“We almost had a forklift tip-over yesterday when an operator lifted a load that was too heavy for the forklift. How can we educate our operators about the forklift’s capacity?” Forklift operators must know how to read a data tag. The information on the tag is very important because it features unique capacity details for […]

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Active Mast Function Controller

“Our new Toyota forklifts have a fork level button. Can older forklift models be retrofit with this feature?” Toyota Forklift SAS The active mast function controller (AMC) was introduced by Toyota Forklift in 1999 as part of its System of Active Stability (SAS). With a push of a button, the AMC automatically levels forks. This […]

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Aerial Lift Safety: Minimum Handrail Height

What is the aerial lift minimum handrail height? Fall protection requirements for handrail systems require a minimum height of 42”, plus or minus 3”. If an operator steps up on the rails or toe boards the operator will not have proper handrail height for their body. Unfortunately, many Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) professionals are […]

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The Reason for Scissor Lift Lanyard Attachment Points

Most equipment manufacturers, backed by OSHA and ANSI regulations and interpretations, agree that wearing a body harness and lanyard while operating a scissor lift is not required. In some cases, wearing the personal protective equipment (PPE) may add risk. For example, narrow-based scissor lifts have tipped from the force and momentum created by a person […]

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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 […]