Forklift Attachments and OSHA

Your forklift operators have been trained on the appropriate trucks and know those units back to front, but did you know that if you add any attachments or alter the forklift in any way operators must be trained again?

OSHA has a list of requirements for attachments and any item that alters the truck’s center of gravity, visibility or capacity.

Some of the attachments commonly found in a warehouse might include slip sheet attachments that fit over the forks and allow shipping and receiving of materials without pallets; sideshifters that allow the forks to be adjusted to the right or left- either manually or mechanically; carton and barrel clamps; paper roll or carpet handlers- usually a long shaft that extends out from the forklift; bale clamps; rotators for grabbing and rotating the load; telescoping forks; and personnel platforms made for lifting and carrying people.

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Forklift Tires

Solid Forklift Tires

We got Don Haas to explain forklift tires. Why are there different options? Well think about all the different applications one could use a forklift and imagine each application having special tire needs.


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Preventative and Routine Forklift Maintenance

Maintenance is maintenance, right?

Not so fast.

There are two disciplines of maintenance- “preventative” and “routine.”

Think of brushing your teeth vs. going to the dentist. Brushing (routine) takes place (ideally) every day and keeps your pearly whites happy and healthy.  The dentist (preventative) takes place (ideally) annually and provides long-term insurance that your teeth won’t fall out of your head.

Routine maintenance, simply, involves small-scale things usually requiring little or no training and resulting in smooth day-to-day operation or preventing unusual wear and tear.  Things like oil changes, fluids, greasing chains and pneumatic systems and tire inflation.

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Pallet Rack Safety

Safety, as we discuss often in these entries, is a two-way street.  We’re about to add a third.

Your pallet racks are another variable in the safety equation.

Pallet rack accidents can happen quickly, and they can be deadly.

When you’re setting up your racks, have a complete understanding of what will be expected of them. The initial design should ensure they will be able to handle and safely store your materials, know their capacity rating and keep that information handy so you can refer to it if necessary.

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