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Forklift Precautions in Cold Weather

With cold weather come additional hazards for forklift operation. During the winter season we must stay alert to factors such as temperature, snow, sleet, ice, etc. Slips & Falls Outside is cold. Inside is warm. For a forklift operating in both areas, these changes in temperature will cause condensation to form on the forklift. Operators […]

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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 […]

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Toyota System of Active Stability (SAS)

Providing forklift safety training to operators is one of the best practices to prevent accidents involving employees and product. However, even with training, operators will find themselves in dangerous situations. Toyota recognizes this reality and since 1999 has equipped their forklifts with the System of Active Stability (SAS). This system includes an active control rear […]

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The Basics of Forklift Attachments

Sometimes a pair of forks doesn’t work for the load you need to handle on a forklift. For these loads, a forklift attachment adds flexibility. Attachments are designed by category; however, the options within each category can be extensive. Selecting a Forklift Attachment How do you want to handle the load? What is the weight […]

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Does a Safety Video Qualify as Forklift Safety Training?

Training is required prior to an operator using a forklift. Some trainers and companies have opted to use forklift safety training videos to meet requirements. But, does a safety video qualify as forklift safety training? OSHA Guideline for Forklift Safety Training Per 1910.178(l)(2)(ii), “Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, […]

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Aerial Lift Safety: When to Wear a Body Harness

A common question regarding aerial lift truck safety is “do my operators need to wear a body harness?” The risk of an operator being catapulted is the true deciding factor. It sounds extreme but when an operator drives a boom lift over rough terrain, even in a lowered position, an operator can be ejected up […]

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Buying a Used Forklift

When buying a used forklift instead of new equipment, a buyer is faced with the dilemma of picking a reliable unit. How can you differentiate between two similar used forklifts for sale, especially when they are being sold by different sellers? Choosing a Used Forklift Forklift Availability Begin your used forklift comparison with the dealership’s […]

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Warehouse Dock Seals & Shelters

How can you prepare your warehouse loading dock for the winter season? Except for its cold temperatures, the winter season is unpredictable. With it comes wind, rain, snow, sleet and ice – all factors that increase risks of accidents during forklift operation. With the falling temperatures, more companies are installing dock seals and shelters to […]

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Who Is ANSI?

When you purchase a replacement bulb for a light fixture at home, do you expect it to screw into place? Do you presume a 60 watt bulb will be brighter than a 40 watt bulb? And, when you plug the lamp in, do you trust the plug to fit into the wall socket properly? Wow, […]

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Forklift Mast Specifications

A forklift mast has five main components which work together to achieve lift. Forklift operators and service personnel must know the dimensional forklift mast specifications to ensure their equipment’s assembly is not too tall for a work area. Forklift Mast: Operating Specification Terms Overall Height Lowered (OAHL) The distance from the floor to the top […]

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Forklift Mast Types

What type of mast do you need for your forklift? This may be a question posed to you during your next forklift purchase. Understanding the types of masts available and what each can do is helpful for selection. Below ProLift has defined the four basic types of uprights and masts: standard, duplex, triple stage and […]

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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 […]