How to Use a Forklift Nameplate to Find Out More about a Forklift

Trevor Cowser - February 1, 2019

As a forklift buyer, you might find yourself in a position where the seller doesn’t know much about the forklift (this, of course, would NEVER happen at JIT Toyota-Lift.) Or perhaps you have a new job that uses a forklift, and no one knows much about it. You can get some very important information from…

10 Ideas for National Forklift Safety Day

Trevor Cowser - April 5, 2018

National Forklift Safety Day is on June 12th this year.  This day is a great opportunity to bring forklift safety to everyone’s “top of mind”.  Now is the time to prepare a worthwhile day for your team. If you search National Forklift Safety Day online, you’ll find hundreds of safety tips.  The hard part is…

Safe-tember Forklift Safety for All

Trevor Cowser - September 19, 2016

Safety Comes First For the month of September (affectionately dubbed Safe-tember) we’re focusing on safety in the warehouse and anywhere our industrial equipment serves you. Equipment Engineered for Safety Designed to not only meet but exceed OSHA and ANSI safety requirements, all Toyota forklifts are equipped with standard safety features such as overhead guards, operator…

Can We all Just Get Along? Forklifts vs.Pedestrians

Trevor Cowser - July 5, 2016

Thankfully competitions between forklifts and pedestrians don’t happen every day. But when they do the powerful forklift usually wins, causing serious injury to the pedestrian, even death.  Here are 13 ways things employers, pedestrians and forklift drivers can all do to avoid these unpleasant confrontations. Employers:  Separate the pedestrian and forklift traffic by creating designated walkways or travel ways. Restrict…

National Forklift Safety Day – June 14 2016

Trevor Cowser - June 6, 2016

National Forklift Safety Day is sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association.  On this day manufacturers call attention to the dangers of forklift operation and seek to educate customers, the public and government officials about safe forklift operation. Over 190,000 new forklifts were sold in the United States last year. The material handling industry is estimated…

7 Key Forklift Fork Inspection Points

Trevor Cowser - May 9, 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…

I’m No Fool – Around Forklifts

Trevor Cowser - February 15, 2016

Every day is full of routines – the morning commute, cooking dinner, co-existing with other humans. And in all of your daily routines there are things you naturally do to stay safe. You obey traffic signs, keep small children away from the stove and refrain from telling your boss what you really think of him/her….

Forklift Safety Day and Beyond

Trevor Cowser - June 10, 2015

June 10th is Forklift Safety Day. Yes, lately it seems like every day is something-day: “Take Your Pet To Work Day”, “Talk Like A Pirate Day”, “Bacon Day”, and yes, these are real quasi-holidays. Forklift Safety Day, however, is not some fun, tongue-in-cheek goofy day. According to OSHA statistics, forklifts are involved in 96,785 accidents…

A Healthy Dose of Planned Maintenance

Trevor Cowser - October 23, 2014

Poor maintenance habits can put the lives of the people who work on the equipment at risk; it can also affect the financial health of the business. In order for a company to remain competitive should must follow sound vehicle and equipment maintenance procedures.  Companies with ineffective maintenance programs usually suffer from one or more…

7 Tips for Forklift Operation Around Pedestrians

Trevor Cowser - August 25, 2014

The operator of the forklift truck is responsible for operating in a safe manner; this includes avoiding all pedestrians in the work area.   Here are 7 tips for working safely around pedestrians: Stay as far away from them as is practical. Pedestrians may not understand that  lift truck are very different from cars. They…