Lauri Baldwin Forklifts February 15th, 2018 - 12:09:09
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.
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.
After just two years the BMW Sports Vehicle plant in Spartanburg South Carolina now employs over 100 hydrogen forklifts. Popular grocery stores Whole Foods Walmart and Wegmans also reported their use of hydrogen cell forklifts. Since 2010 was a big year for hydrogen forklifts why arent these fork lifts being distributed into local forklift dealerships to be sold to small-medium size companies? Are eco-friendly forklifts too expensive for the average Joe? While these brand manufacturers continue to experiment with hydrogen fuel cells other brands are thinking on a smaller scale. Hyster one of the most popular manufacturing brands is restructuring the design of their current models to reuse energy and reduce fume emissions.
Even with all of these guidelines in place and plenty of training programs available employers are not required to take part. That being said employers who do not follow OSHAs guidelines run the risk of opening themselves up to liability claims and lawsuits should an employee become injured from a forklift accident. Some states even allow injured employees to seek damages beyond those provided by workers compensation benefits. This means that the employer who failed to verify a safe workplace could be held accountable as well as the forklift manufacturer and any subcontractors or owner of the jobsite property. If you or someone you know has been injured from a forklift accident it is important that you seek the advice of a personal injury attorney who specializes in the area of construction accidents. You may be entitled to receive monetary damages for your injuries and a skilled attorney will help you to assess the validity of your case.