Melody Weeks Forklifts February 15th, 2018 - 11:58:56
3. Towing Finally you can use a forklift on a farm to not only lift and move items but also tow (pull or drag) them. Towing would be used for objects or loads that are too big or too heavy to be lifted by the forklift safely. Forklifts can be used to tow trailers tractors other vehicles machinery large and/or very heavy pieces of equipment and very large loads. Keep in mind that proper procedures and safety precautions need to be followed in order to prevent damage to the forklift to prevent damage to the large items being towed and to prevent accident and injury. For example proper tow ropes must be used but they should never be attached to the mast to pull or drag loads. In addition appropriate attachments must be fitted and used in order for the forklift to be used for towing or pushing safely.
Poor Workplace Setup: Operating a forklift in conditions such as crowded aisles or in areas where there are visual obstructions or high amounts of foot traffic and noise can lead to forklift accidents. Load Issues: Load issues such as those that exceed the stated weight limits or picking up loads of poorly stacked or unstable pallets can lead to the load falling or the forklift tipping. Because of these reasons the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a clear set of guidelines for training forklift operators. On top of mandating proper training for forklift operators employers should also make sure proper safety practices are in place when forklifts are in operation on a job site. This means keeping the operating environment safe for all employees along with providing proper equipment maintenance.
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.
When it comes to obtaining a forklift for a warehouse or industrial site it is important that the forklift is as reliable as possible. Brand new forklifts are always in excellent condition but they are incredibly expensive. Buying a used forklift will be much cheaper but you may find that the forklift has a number of mechanical and electrical issues that make the vehicle more trouble than its worth. The question of whether to buy new or used is often a complex one but most people dont know that there is a third option. Ones for hire are usually rented out by different companies and they are always in excellent condition. Rather than buying one brand new you will find that simply hiring a forklift can be the best way to obtain a forklift that will run smoothly and serve your needs.