Protecting the Warehouse

Your forklift is a critical part of your operation, but you know what else is extremely important, too?

Your warehouse itself.  And sometimes, due to normal wear and tear or (let’s be honest) neglect and willful disregard, your forklift can be your facilities worst enemy.

The good news here is there are steps you can take to protect and shield your brick and mortar facility from forklift damage.

Guard rails.

A small bump from a forklift could cause extensive damage, or even shut down a critical piece of equipment for days. Each of those scenarios costs you money. Sturdy guard rails can protect machines, pathways and shelving.  These rails mount to the floor and can provide at least a little defense from an errant forklift.

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Help, my forklift isn’t starting!

Your forklift operator has conducted his (or her) pre-shift inspection, climbs on board the truck, turns the key… and is greeted by silence. This is trouble as your forklift is an integral part of your operation.

Here’s how to perform an initial troubleshooting in the event your forklift just won’t start:

Check your dash display.  Is there an alarm? Forklift dash alarms are similar to a car’s in that if something is lit up, chances are something’s gone wrong. Perform a diagnostic test to work to determine where the problem might be. Your mechanics should be able to do this and pinpoint the problem in no time at all.  Check those dash alarms first, a quick assessment of the trouble can save you time and money.

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Removing a Forklift from Service

Productivity and safety don’t have to be adversaries, though it sometimes takes some effort to make them work together.

You may be tempted to allow a damaged or compromised forklift to remain on the floor, but the fact of the matter is, there are instances where even a slightly damaged must be taken out of service. OSHA makes sure of that with a list of conditions under which a lift must be taken out of service.

LEAKS: Liquid fuels are considered to be hazardous materials and you don’t want anyone to be exposed to oils and gasoline. The fumes can be dangerous, most are flammable, and coming in contact with bare skin can cause irritation. Any type of leak must result in the removal of the truck from the floor until the repairs can be made.

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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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