Debbie Dale Forklifts February 22nd, 2018 - 11:42:53
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.
In the world of forklifts and pallet trucks there are two main types of trucks categorized by their power source. The Electric forklift carries an internal battery that can be recharged after daily use the diesel and propane forklifts are a combined category because each uses an internal combustion engine (ICE) fueled by gasoline diesel or liquid propane gas. Both categories of forklifts have benefits and costs that are considerations your business must take before making a decision on a forklift. This article will talk about the Pros and Cons of both categories to help you better understand each.
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.
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.