Luisa Mcneil Forklifts February 14th, 2018 - 12:07:13
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.
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.
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.
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.