Busting Forklift Myths Volume 2

Awhile back, we spent some time busting some widely-help forklift myths- things that people swear are true but just aren’t.  Let’s take a few more minutes and put some other forklift myths to rest.

MYTH:  OSHA requires forklift operators to carry a card certifying they are qualified to operate a forklift.

FACT:  Nope. OSHA does require that a certified operator be issued some type of proof of qualification, but nowhere does it specify that the operator must carry that proof with them like a driver’s license.

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Forklift Safety: Keeping Your Cool

Summer has just begun and already the mercury is peaking at mid-Summer temperatures and above- and if you’re in Arizona your days have been topping out in the hundreds for a month or two already.

Workers both on board a forklift and just getting things done around it need to be protected from extreme heat and cold.  In fact, OSHA demands it.

Since we’re mostly focused on the forklift and its operator and since it’s Summer- we’ll spend most of our time talking about keeping your operator cool.

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Forklift Safety: Tips for Hiring Safe Drivers

June 14 marked National Forklift Safety Day and we’re finishing our June 2017 with one more look at a very important forklift safety factor.  The driver.

More specifically, new drivers, and what you should look for in a new forklift driver.

It stands to reason that not everyone who might apply to be a forklift driver will have actual forklift operating experience, or you may have someone on your staff who expresses an interest in becoming a forklift driver.

We’ve covered the process of becoming a certified operator at great length in this blog and anyone who is not a certified operator will need to go through the same process- but what should you look for before you even start that process?

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Is your forklift the investment you expected ?

Your employees have an hourly pay rate, and you can make an argument that your forklift does too.  So, how much are you paying YOUR forklift?

We’ll explain.

Forklifts, as we’ve talked about before, need maintenance. Daily maintenance, per shift inspections, periodic inspections and parts replacements don’t just happen, they take effort and money.  Maintaining your forklift according to the manufacturer’s specifications can save you money over the life of the truck.

For your own records, keeping track of your cost per hour is a great way of determining when you might need to invest in a new lift.

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