Letitia Ratliff Forklifts February 26th, 2018 - 12:36:12
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.
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.
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.
It may be that a company is trying to get rid of old machinery or you may find that a construction company is selling off the machinery after a project is finished; whatever the reason an auction can be a great place to shop for a forklift. Classified ads in local papers can be a great source of information about used forklifts. You can check magazines newspapers and special papers dedicated to providing classified ads. All of these sources of information can provide you with leads on good deals on used forklifts and you can easily pick up the phone and make a few phone calls to find out more information about the prices and conditions of the used forklifts for sale. You can simply turn to the section dedicated to construction equipment or warehouse machinery and you should be able to find a few forklifts for sale on nearly a daily basis. The internet is one of the best resources that you have at your disposal.