Jaime Hayes Forklifts February 16th, 2018 - 11:33:55
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.
Electric Forklifts In the late 1920s the first electric forklifts were introduced. The Introduction of different narrow aisle and low forklifts meant many businesses were utilizing forklifts in their indoor warehouses. Electric forklifts are typically found indoors because of the clean output of energy free of gasoline fumes. On average a full charged battery can provide power for five to six hours of constant use.The benefits of selecting electric forklift include: -Quiet while in use which means less noise during operation. -Can be smaller and more maneuverable because the large battery acts as a counter balance.
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.
The Right Forklift If you dont already own a forklift but are interested in purchasing renting or borrowing a new or secondhand forklift for use on your farm its important to do your research in order to find out what kind youll need. Some manufacturers have specially designed forklifts for use on farms. You will also need to take into consideration what you will be using the forklift for (see uses above)-especially before spending your money on a brand-new forklift. Forklift Safety Its also critical to keep safety in mind when using a forklift on your farm; in fact safety should be one of your top priorities. If you are going to be the one driving the forklift you should first become certified in operating a forklift if you arent already. Only those who are certified to drive a forklift should operate one. Also if there are children and/or animals on the farm being alert and aware is of utmost importance. Forklift-related accidents unfortunately occur but they can be prevented by following safety precautions. When it comes to picking the perfect forklift for your farm whether a used forklift or a new forklift will do just perfectly. Forklifts can increase the amount of work you get done daily with ease.