Inspections? Why ?

Like any piece of equipment you rely on, your aerial lifts require regular inspections, and regularly.             Aerial lifts also have their own set of unique safety requirements, and let’s start this review here.             OSHA defines an aerial lift, simply, as a vehicle used to lift someone in the air. We’re...
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Safe Space

What if we told you that some of the best safety advice you can get about forklift operation has nothing to do with the forklift itself? It’s true.  Safety begins with what happens on the forklift, of course, but it ends in the space not occupied by the lift. Start by paying close attention to the environment around you. The biggest...
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The Low Down : Incentives

There’s a lot of talk these days about climate change and what we can do as an industry to contribute to the effort to reverse its effects, but there could be something in it for you as well. Obviously, the fuel forklifts use is the easiest target when it comes to decreasing your facility’s carbon footprint starting with your...
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Battery Option

Options.  We like to have options. Hundreds of brands of toothpaste, shampoo, dish soap- every one pretty much the same, right? There are plenty of options when it comes to batteries for your electric forklift as well. In fact, here in Atlantic Forklift Services home state of North Carolina, there are five major battery brands. Before...
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Crash Course for Outdoor Forklifts

  Most forklifts are used indoors, or a combination of indoors and outdoors.  Some, forklifts, however, spend their work lives outdoors and they need some special considerations. Let’s start with the lot you’re working in and around.  Paving matters.  Ideally, a blacktop or concrete is preferred over a dirt lot that can be...
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LARGE AND SMALL WAREHOUSES

                    Like fingerprints and snowflakes, no two warehouses are the same. Large and small, wide aisles and narrow, tall shelves and short- there are plenty of variables, and all of them can have an impact on what you need your forklift to do. We’ve...
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Part 7: Forklift Driver Training

It’s time!  I’ve spent a couple hours learning the basics of balance and stability and safety on the forklift, been intimidated (initially) by the math, and passed all the on-line tests with (if I say so myself) flying colors. Now, the rubber hits the road, as they say.  It’s time for me to show up at Atlantic Forklift Services...
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Forklift Masts

Picture a forklift. What part do you think of first? Probably the cab. It’s the biggest part of the forklift. Then, probably the forks.  They appear to do the bulk of the work, but the fact is the mast may be the most important part of the forklift. The mast is the part of the forklift that moves the load up in the air using a system of...
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Part 6: Forklift Driver Training

So far in my on-line training, I’ve learned a LOT about forklift safety and the Stability Triangle, which now that I think about it has a lot to do with safety as well- so it’s safe to say at this point that the on-line portion of the training is very much about not getting you or your co-workers hurt. It’s time well-spent. The next...
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Part 5: Forklift Driver Training

If you’re keeping track, when this training session started I knew next to nothing about forklifts and now that we’re entering Part Five of the on-line portion I know about the Stability Triangle and I know what types of behaviors and situations will get myself or my co-workers hurt.  All important stuff as far as I can tell.  I’m feeling...
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