Lauri Baldwin Forklifts January 27th, 2018 - 11:41:39
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.
Having to charge a battery causes the inactivity of a forklift and can be inefficient in the event of a power outage or forgotten charge.-Charging stations typically require large areas taking away extra pallet space. -The tires on electric forklifts are not made for rocky and heavy duty floor surfaces. - Forklift batteries require attention when charging charging when a battery is half full or running a forklift on an empty battery can lower the life of the battery. Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Forklifts These forklifts are separated into diesel and liquid propane gasoline (LPG) engines. Both have the same indoor/outdoor functionality and have the highest maximum capacity of forklifts. Manufactures also sell ICE trucks which are typically used for heavy duty types of lifting.
Electric ones run off a battery that is charged overnight. A fully charged battery can keep a forklift running for about 6 consecutive hours. If your warehouse only works 8 hours you will find that keeping your battery fully charged will enable you to keep your forklift running the entire shift. Unless you run the forklift for 6 hours straight you will find that your forklifts battery should be enough to keep the forklift running. You can always purchase a secondary battery if your forklift needs to run for more than 8 hours. Another reason that you should consider purchasing an electric forklift is that you will be doing much less damage to the environment than you would by using a gas forklift. Even gas forklifts that use the much cleaner propane gas will still release emissions into the air but an electric forklift will be much cleaner. Seeing as no gas is burned there are no emissions released to contaminate the air. Charging the battery will be easy and you will find that your electric forklift is the most eco-friendly vehicle in your warehouse.
In an effort to reduce the potential for serious forklift accidents employers should take the following steps: only allow properly trained operators to use forklifts always adequately maintain forklifts and always keep the areas where forklifts operate free of excess items people and obstructions. Fellow workers can further contribute to safety by: performing routine checks of the forklift not operating the forklift unless authorized by the company making sure loads are not too heavy and properly stacked never using the forklift to transport people not using the forklift in place of a ladder or other type of scaffolding being aware of the stability of the vehicle and being aware of their personal surroundings such as other people uneven floors floor surfaces power lines corners loading dock locations doorway heights etc. Furthermore OSHA requires all operators to be at least eighteen years old.