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

Forklift Truck Pre-Shift Work

service and parts checklistOSHA and ANSI require users to inspect forklifts at the start of every shift. These and other periodic inspections are your responsibility and these guidelines are to assist you in that work. Whether you look at as a moral or fiscal obligation, you know you cannot have your head in the sand on these points. Too much is at stake. Continue reading

Don’t Just Sit There! Start Reviewing Forklift Hazards

lockout tagout tagForklift hazards are common and too frequently ignored or misunderstood. It is the responsibility of the forklift operator to know these hazards and the responsibility of the forklift owner to make certain they do. The information about the hazards is only as far away as your forklift’s operator’s manual, that manual by OSHA standards should be always with each of your forklifts. Look to it as a resource for use in making your workplace safer, look to it as a terrific list of workplace tool box safety talks. Continue reading

Know Forklift Hazards? Easy If You Do It Smart

working smartYou only need to look as far as your forklift’s operator’s and owners manual for a list of hazards that you and your operators need to be continually mindful of. It isn’t a long list and would not take a great deal of time to discuss before a work shift. Consider using your operator’s manual as a source of safety related topics to cover in your tool box safety meetings. Continue reading

Operator’s Manual: Revealing the Secrets

forklift parkedThere it is, right there behind us generally, the lift truck’s operator’s manual. Full of insights and information critical to the safe use of our forklift and much more, certainly it’s worth a few moments of discovery. Uncovering the secret of the operator’s manual only takes the time it costs to open it to become familiar with the value found inside and then make it a practice to share that information with your operators. Continue reading

The Operators Manual: The Good Book

cover forklift operators manualCall it the good book, the forklift operators manual should be found on any forklift in use in your facility. Make checking that point your first priority. Your second should be insuring that you and your operators have read the book. Short on pages, but deep on valuable information the book is certainly worth the small amount of time it would take you to internalize. When you think of the tens of thousands of dollars invested in the equipment it was written for, maybe you’ll see the justification easier.

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Hazard Communication in the Warehouse

forklift in warehouse with hazerdous materialWarehouses often store hazardous materials, these materials after all have to be warehoused and transported just like any other commodity. The presence of hazardous materials in the warehouse requires that a high degree of attention is given to communicating the dangers surrounding the material, what procedures are needed handling the material and what action points there are should something go wrong. Continue reading

Warehouse Safety, Inviting Danger

dark warehouse and safetyBy design the warehouse is a busy environment used by manufacturers, exporters, importers, transport businesses and wholesalers, among others. It is also a workplace that has safety concerns at every turn, docks, racking, walkways, lighting, and air quality are just a few of the potential hazards that have to be addressed. Then of course there are the forklifts, running in and out of racking, crossing paths with and working near pedestrians. Without a high degree of focus the forklift can be a tragedy waiting to happen. So in the warehouse, because we can’t live without them, we have to learn to “live” with them. Continue reading

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