Jaime Hayes Forklifts February 20th, 2018 - 12:42:33
Consider the following statistics: 18% of forklift accidents are from employees and other bystanders being stuck with forklifts 14% of forklift accidents happen when they are used to lift people 7% of forklift accidents result from being accidentally driven off of loading docks or in an area that is unsafe for proper use 7% of forklift accidents result from improper maintenance 3% of forklift accidents happen because the operator loses control and improper use (Statistics courtesy of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) These statistics can be attributed to a variety of factors including: Lack of Proper Training: Many forklift drivers have not received proper training to operate the equipment. This can lead to drivers parking in inappropriate spots backing up or turning without following safety guidelines and not being able to properly communicate with others near the forklift.
Lack of Proper Maintenance: Failing to service the major components of the forklift such as the steering brakes hydraulic parts or the transmission can lead to an accident. Unreasonable Work Pace: Setting a work pace that is too high or creating a stressful work environment can lead to workers rushing which increases the chances of an accident. Lack of Safety Devices: Removing safety devices or having safety devices that are not properly functioning can be a recipe for disaster. For example if the forklifts rollover protection is not engaged or not functioning correctly the operator can be thrown from the machine or pinned underneath if it should over turn.
There are different ways to move hay using a forklift. Some farmers "ram" the forks right into the hay bale or barrel but this method generally causes damage to the hay and is not recommended. Other farmers use the forklift to lift the hay up with rope after tying the hay to the forks. Another method is to construct an add-on for the forklift mounting a metal plate onto the forks to create a sturdy platform for the hay making the lifting carrying and transporting process that much simpler. 2. Lifting and Moving Heavy Items Forklifts can also be used on a farm to lift carry and transport a wide variety of common large and heavy items in addition to hay bales and barrels. Such items can include:· farm equipment · large or heavy farming tools and supplies · smaller pieces of machinery · produce · animal feed · bulk bags · fencing · dead animals.
Have you considered the use of a forklift on a farm-perhaps your farm? There are a number of uses for a forklift on a farm and here are three of them: 1. Hay Barrels The most common use for a forklift on a farm is for lifting carrying and transporting hay both hay bales and hay barrels the latter of which can sometimes weigh up to 2000 pounds. For these large heavy hay barrels lifting is next to impossible without the use of a heavy-duty piece of machinery that can carry the brunt of the load. Forklifts work very well for this purpose allowing farmers to lift carry and transport hay bales and hay barrels from one location to another. Forklifts not only help farmers move hay bales and barrels easily but also quickly.