AFTER the Forklift Accident

Accidents happen.  We spend a lot of time in this blog discussing the finer points of forklift operation and safety, and you hopefully offer training and education to keep your people safe, and even still – accidents happen.

So we’ve covered what to do before an accident – but what can you expect after an accident happens in your facility?

Some accidents can be easily cleaned up with a mop and a bucket, and hopefully that’s as serious as your experience may get.  But in the event of a more severe accident, there are many things you will need to consider.

For starters, your employees are people, with feelings, and concerns and needs – both personal and professional – in the aftermath of a serious mishap.

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Rough Terrain Forklifts

The forklifts in most warehouses and manufacturing facilities are perfectly sized to accomplish the tasks at hand – but some jobs require a little more muscle.  For those bigger tasks, we give you the rough terrain forklift.

Class 7 forklifts are specifically made for rough terrain and are mostly used outdoors at construction sites and facilities with challenging terrain and heavy loads.

Even though these trucks are specifically built for rough terrain, that doesn’t mean every type of heavy duty forklift is made for every type of situation.  Rough terrain forklifts come in three types: telehandlers, straight mast, and rotating telehandlers.

In spite of the design elements specifically built for certain situations, a tremendous amount of care is necessary to ensure these lifts operate safely in uneven and treacherous situations. Raising and lowering a load must be executed on a level, stable surface. These trucks are big, but they can still tip if the driver is vigilant about the safety procedures.

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Pneumatic vs Cushion Tires

The type of tire you’re going to want to choose for your forklift fleet depends very much on the type of terrain where your trucks will be operating.

The fact is most environments require specific tires, and some due diligence may be required before you make a purchase. The safety and performance of your fleet depends on this decision, so do not take it lightly.

Here’s what you need to consider before making the final decision on your forklift tires:

In what type of environment will your forklifts be operating?

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5 Tips to Improve Forklift Performance

Atlantic Forklift Services’ technicians are among the best in the business.  We asked them for a list of five things you can do right now to improve your fleet’s performance.

  1. Tires

Check them.  You’d be surprised, our experts say, to learn how many forklift fleets are operating on worn tires. Just something as simple as checking the tire pressure (in pneumatic tires) can help avoid accidents and improve performance.  In addition, check to make sure your forklifts have the tires you need specific to your facility.

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