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5 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Forklift Forks

Joyce Schwob - Monday, May 16, 2016
5 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Forklift Forks

The forks on your forklift are a hard-working and vital part of the vehicle. They will perform reliably for years if they are properly used and protected. But if abused or neglected, even these rugged workhorses have a breaking point. . . and that can make for a very bad day at work. Follow these 5 tips for preventing damage to your forks: Don't be a drag: The weight of your load is carried on the heel of your forklift. Protect the heels and don’t drag them. Dragg ..

7 Key Forklift Fork Inspection Points

Joyce Schwob - Monday, May 09, 2016

The forks on your forklift may look sturdy and indestructible, but there's more to a safe fork that just rugged good looks. Forklift operators are responsible for checking the forks before their shifts for obvious issues. And according to the ANSI/ITSDF B-56.1 standards they should have a thorough inspection at least once a year, more often if you run multiple shifts or they are used in a more severe operation. Here's what the standard says about Forklift Fork Inspections Fork inspections 6. ..

FAQS: How to Know if the Hydraulic Fluid is Low in your Forklift

Joyce Schwob - Monday, March 28, 2016
FAQS: How to Know if the Hydraulic Fluid is Low in your Forklift

One of the most common questions we get in the service department is "How do I know if know if my hydraulic fluid is low and how do I check it?" Forklifts rely on hydraulics for their lifting and steering abilities. Having the right amount of hydraulic fluid in a forklift's reservoir ensures the forklift's lifting and steering abilities. Too much fluid in the tank will cause as leaks and spills. The forklift operator is supposed to check the hydraulic fluid as part of the pre-shift ins ..

How to Know When it's Time for New Forklift Tires

Joyce Schwob - Monday, February 29, 2016
How to Know When it's Time for New Forklift Tires

Having good tires on your lift is like having the right shoes on your feet. You want support, grip, stability, shock absorption and performance. And like your shoes, they aren’t able to perform forever. Forklift tires wear out from normal abrasion, heat exposure from friction or sun damage, chemicals on the floor and travelling over uneven ground/floors. So, how do you know when it's time for new forklift tires? There are different kinds of tires; cushion, air-filled pneumatic and soli ..

How Often Must Forklift Operators Be Trained

Joyce Schwob - Tuesday, August 05, 2014
How Often Must Forklift Operators Be Trained

Most people understand OSHA's requirement that drivers receive appropriate instruction before being allowed to operate a company's forklift - but many get confused when it comes to refresher training and performance evaluations. Refresher training in relevant topics needs to be done when an operator: has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident has received a workplace evaluation that reveals the operator is not oper ..

Going Going Gone - Forklift Tip Over Danger

Joyce Schwob - Thursday, October 17, 2013
Going Going Gone - Forklift Tip Over Danger

Forklift tip overs are the number one cause of forklift related deaths. Tip overs can be attributed to poor driving skills and these tragedies are preventable with proper forklift operator training. When you witness any of these unsafe operating conditions, you’ve got a recipe for disaster. The likelihood of tip-overs is increased under the following conditions or combinations of them: Travelling to quickly around corners Overloading Traveling with the load tilted forward and/or eleva ..

What's in a Forklift Nameplate?

Joyce Schwob - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

OSHA Regulations state that "only loads within the rated capacity of a truck shall be handled" So how can you tell how much a forklift is made to carry? Check the nameplate also referred to as the data plate. The nameplate provides information about the truck’s capacity. Along with the forklift's model and serial number information you will find: LIFTING HEIGHT (column A) The maximum lift height based on the rated load centers. This is a measurement from the floor to the top of the for ..

What Industrial Batteries and Children Have in Common

Joyce Schwob - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Consider treating your industrial forklift battery is just like a small child. Both require a lot of attention and if you don't give them what they need it, you’re in for a miserable time. Like a child, a battery needs eight hours of play, eight hours to recharge (sleep) and eight hours to cool off. If you let them play too long their tempers begin to heat up. Don’t give them enough energy and they get tired real fast and start acting up again. And don't forget to give them a g ..

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