7 Crucial Forklift Fork Inspection Points

fork inspectionTo the average person, a set of forks will look as good as new as long as they haven’t sustained any obvious physical damage. The truth is wear begins the first day of use, and at some point the forks will need to be replaced.

Forks should be visually inspected every day or at the beginning of every work shift for visible damage. Then per ANSI/ITSDF B-56.1 standards, forks in use shall be inspected at intervals of not more than 12 months (for single shift operations) or whenever any defect or permanent deformation is detected.

Severe applications will require more frequent inspection.

Individual Load Rating of Forks – When forks are used in pairs (the normal arrangement), the rated capacity of each fork shall be at least half of the manufacturer’s rated capacity of the truck, and at the rated load center distance shown on the lift truck nameplate Continue reading

10 Top Posts From Week Ending October 25th

time for reviewForklift and material handling information is shared or posted daily through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers. Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share to just those top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

10 Don’ts Involving Forklift Fork Safety

forklift fork maintenanceRecently Cascade came out with their Fork Safety Guide. It is one of those publications that need to be seen by everyone that works with, in or around forklift trucks. We will work to share highlights of and links to Cascade’s guide over the next couple of weeks.

As the global leader in material handling equipment, Cascade recognizes the importance of workplace safety. We encourage frequent, periodic inspection of forks and other critical forklift components as a part of an active work place safety program. The Fork Safety Guide is patterned after the ANSI/ITSDF B-56.1 Fork Wear Standards. Continue reading

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10 Top Posts From Week Ending October 18th

Top StoriesForklift and material handling information is shared or posted daily through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers. Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share to just those top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

10 Top Posts From Week Ending October 11th

Top StoriesForklift and material handling information is shared or posted daily through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers. Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share to just those top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

10 Top Posts From Week Ending October 6th

Top StoriesForklift and material handling information is shared or posted daily through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers. Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share to just those top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

10 Top Posts From Week Ending September 26th

Top StoriesForklift and material handling information is shared or posted daily through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers. Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share to just those top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

10 Top Posts From Last Week

time for reviewForklift and material handling information is shared or posted daily through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers. Each week we sift through dozens and dozens of posts in order to refine what we share to just those top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

4 Safety Points involving Static

staticUnderstanding that few reach for a service manual unless it’s needed, we thought we might draw attention to one area of the 8HBE pallet jack manual we mentioned in an earlier article. Use this as an example of the variety of information you can find, and the value the information holds.

Electronic circuit boards can contain Electrostatic Discharge Sensitive (ESDS) devices.

Static charges can accumulate from normal operation of the truck as well as movement or contact between non-conductive materials (plastic bags, synthetic clothing, synthetic soleson shoes, styrofoam coffee cups, and so forth). Continue reading

9 Top Posts from the Previous Week

time for reviewWatching posts through Twitter is a little like watching leaves floating down a stream, you might see a lot of them but you’re rarely able to focus on more than a few.  Going back through our Bitly and Buffer stats we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular post from the previous week we were responsible for. Continue reading

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