9 Ways to Kill Yourself or Others With a Forklift

risk taking personIs it because only the “fun” images and videos are shared through social media and no one sees the real tragedies that are involved with the misuse of a forklift? Spend a few minutes on Instagram or Twitter following the key work “forklift” and you’ll get a sense of what we mean. One example after another of people putting themselves and in many cases others at risk for that chance to share the experience with the rest of us.

You wonder if they had training, and where that training was done. Maybe more important where are those responsible for these people? A little supervision gives a sense of accountability that might cut down on or eliminate the horseplay.

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10 Top Posts From Week Ending November 15th

top from last weekForklift 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

Forklift Tire Safety

change forklift tireForklifts require a lot of focus on safety when anyone is working with them, or around them. That focus on safety is paramount when that forklift requires maintenance. Probably more safety concerns than the average Joe might think of when looking at a forklift down for maintenance or repair. But because of the forklift’s fuel sources, its hydraulic system and the sheer weight of its components forklift technicians need to be very aware of the dangers found on a forklift even as it sits dismantled in front of them.

One area of concern that might be given less attention that it requires is the “simple” tire change.

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10 Top Posts From Week Ending November 8th

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 Top Posts From Week Ending November 1st

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

7 Crucial Forklift Fork Inspection Points

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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

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

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