5 Basic Workplace Rules for Forklift Operators

forklift and paper roll clampForklift operators need to remember specific rules for safety while they are working. Some may be more important in your workplace and you may know of some others that are only necessary where you work. In either case, supervisors need to know all the rules to help forklift operators stay safe.

Remember, while your operator’s manual is a great source of forklift information, it is not a training manual for new operators. Lift trucks are so much different than cars that even experienced automobile drivers need formal training, and OSHA requires it! Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of February 22nd

Forklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted 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 each day to just the top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

Modifying Your Forklift: 5 Safety Resources

toyota forklift in manufacturingThe capacity rating of your forklift truck is determined by extensive testing to provide you with a safe, efficient load handling tool. Changes or additions to the lift, such as installation of a side shifter or changing a mast, change the load capacity. OSHA and ANSI require that any changes made to a lift truck that potentially affect its safety must be approved by the manufacturer in writing. Please protect your employees by contacting your forklift dealer before making any change to your truck. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of February 15th

Forklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted 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 each day to just the top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of February 8th

Forklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted 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 each day to just the top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

9 Training Points for the Forklift Operator

operator trainingEven simple hand tools can’t be used efficiently or safely by people not trained or experienced with them. Forklift trucks are complicated industrial machines that can be dangerous if used by people who are not trained. Lift trucks are not all the same. Even if you are trained on one type it does not mean you can operate any machine or do any job.

OSHA and ANSI require that formal training, specific to the place where you work, must be given to the forklift operator. On-the-job training must be a part of any training program, but it must really be training with close supervision, not just driving around or being assigned to a potentially dangerous job without gradual increases in difficulty.

Increased safety and fewer accidents are major benefits of proper training, but so are decreased costs due to better efficiency, decreased maintenance costs, and lower product damage rate. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of February 1st

Forklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted 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 each day to just the 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 Forklift Workplace Safety Concerns

There are many safety factors surrounding forklifts and their use. For example the features included with your forklift, such as seat belts, the overhead guard, ergonomic seats and with Toyota forklifts the System of Active Stability. Drivers should be properly trained and supervised, and you should also pay close attention to the workplace environment. What circumstances to your personnel and forklifts operate in? Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Week of January 25th

Forklift and material handling information is constantly shared or posted 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 each day to just the top 10 posts that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness or the value of the information in the post. Continue reading

13 Electric Pallet Jack Battery Safety Tips

electric pallet jackThe electric pallet jack, highly maneuverable and reliable increasing productivity. Generally in innovative, compact designs that improve space utilization in confined and congested applications.

It certainly doesn’t look as menacing as many of its larger forklift cousins. But your electric pallet jack has its own set of safety concerns. These trucks come in a number of varieties and those are broken out by the Industrial Truck Association this way:

Class 3 – Electric Motor Hand Trucks

  1. Lift Code 1  Low Lift Platform
  2. Lift Code 2  Low Lift Walkie Pallet
  3. Lift Code 3  Tractors (Draw Bar Pull Under 999 lbs.)
  4. Lift Code 4  Low Lift Walkie/Center Control
  5. Lift Code 5  Reach Type Outrigger
  6. Lift Code 6   High Lift Straddle
  7. Lift Code 7  High Lift Counterbalanced
  8. Lift Code 8  Low Lift Walkie/Rider Pallet

What are the battery safety concerns then?

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