Enhance productivity with reliable forklift accessories

When you incorporate accessories into your forklifts on the job, you get twice the power, with increased efficiency and versatility. Boost the usability of your most useful factory or warehouse machine — the mighty forklift — to transform its abilities from just a standard lift truck. Not only do you save time with more efficient operations, you also save money because you’re not shelling out big bucks to buy an entirely new machine. You can buy attachments and accessories new or refurbished, depending on your budget and need. Forklifts are important additions to any factory or warehouse, as they’re able to maneuver into small spaces or thin aisles, transporting goods on pallets, in crates or on their own. Using attachments can enhance the operation of your forklift but operators must be skilled and trained properly in how to use them, says OSHA.

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Watch Out!…For this new warehouse safety product

There are many different safety features that come standard on today’s forklifts. Features like steering wheel horn, rear grab bar horn, back up alarms, headlights, rear lights, signal lights, and strobe lights are all typical standard safety features, however there is a newer piece of technology that is proving to be a vital safety feature for many companies.

What makes the blue safety light a great addition to your equipment? Many industrial companies operate within a loud environment and an alerting noise may not be enough to stop a pedestrian from a run in with a forklift.

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Moving Parts: OEM vs Aftermarket

Many organizations consider forklifts to be one of the most vital parts or their operation. The type of parts purchased have a direct impact on the efficiency and profitability of an enterprise. The main questions to ask when ordering parts: Should I use OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) forklift parts all the time? What are the performance and cost implications if I use “aftermarket parts”?

OEM parts are made by the original manufacturer, while aftermarket parts are made by external manufacturers and not specifically geared toward any specific forklift model, and thus are more generic.

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What does OSHA say about forklift attachments?

Operators must be trained in the proper use of attachments because they alter the performance of the forklift.  Attachments affect the truck’s performance by changing its center of gravity, visibility, and capacity.  These are the federal OSHA regulations and descriptions of forklift attachment installation and use:

Common attachments:

  • Slipsheet attachments which avoid the use of pallets.
  • Sideshifters shift the forks right and left.
  • Container handlers designed to lift shipping containers.
  • Carton clamps equipped with a pressure valve to squeeze the load.
  • Cotton or pulp bale clamps that grab and hold bales.
  • Paper roll handlers.
  • Barrel clamps.
  • Rotators that grab and rotate the load.
  • Extending or telescoping forks such as in reach and turret trucks.
  • Personnel platforms specially designed for lifting personnel.

Potential Hazards:

  • Overloading. The weight of the attachment reduces the lifting capacity of the truck.
  • Tipover and falling loads. The attachment increases the load center by moving the load further away from the balance or fulcrum point.

Requirements:

  • Train operators in the fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations. [29 CFR 1910.178(l)(3)(i)(G)]
  • Retrain an operator if a new attachment is added to the forklift. Consult the operator’s manual for instructions on how to use the new equipment.
  • Do not exceed the rated capacity of the forklift/attachment combination.
  • Know the mechanical limitations of your forklift.
  • Change capacity, operation, and maintenance instruction plates, tags, or decals when a forklift truck is equipped with an attachment.
  • Treat an unloaded forklift with an attachment as partially loaded. [29 CFR 1910.178(o)(4)]
  • Include attachments in a scheduled maintenance and inspection program. Tailor inspection steps to the attachment.

For the complete list of OSHA requirements for material handling equipment, click here.

Browse through our FAQ’s to answer any other questions you may have.

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