Unseen Hazards of Material Handling Equipment

Something we wrote about in passing in last week’s blog got some attention and we’re getting a lot of questions about something called Whole Body Vibration injuries.

These types of injuries occur over time in operators of heavy machinery, and vibration can even exacerbate pre-existing injuries if precautions aren’t taken.

Spinal injury is a definite concern for anyone exposed to Whole Body Vibration, specifically the lumbar region, in addition to fatigue and injury to organs and joints and digestion problems.

Forklift manufacturers have become more aware of these types of conditions and are building their trucks accordingly. Features like vibration and shock-reducing seats and adjustable arm rests seem to combat the vibration-related conditions. Some manufacturers have separated the engine compartment from the cab, and even from the frame of the lift using shock absorbers and cushions.

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What you need to know about forklift tires

Forklifts have evolved over the past 100 years since their inception, and as developments and technology continue to take the forklift and materials handling industry to new heights- tires are getting a lot of attention.

Tires tend to be the biggest “wear” item on a forklift, and the biggest cost-concern for owners as well. Typically, tires can compose up to 30% of the cost of operating a fleet.

Here are some of the topics high on the list of forklift owners when it comes to their tires:

Non-Marking Tires: Once upon a time, it was European facilities that held non-marking tires in the highest regard.  That is not-so-slowly changing as they are becoming more prevalent in US facilities. As warehouses improve their floor conditions and facilities, non-marking tires have become a necessity- particularly in rental fleets.  Rental operations don’t know just where their lifts may be operating on any given day and they have made a large push towards non-marking tires.

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Used Forklift Warranty Information

There is a certain “buyer beware” element of purchasing any used forklift.  Of course, the AFS technicians and mechanics go over every inch of every used unit, and there are things you can do to make sure your newly-purchased used forklift will give you several years of good work.

Here are the warranty levels available:

As-is: No warranty available

The forklift starts and runs and moves forwards and in reverse. Leak-free and tires in decent shape.

Rental Ready Warranty

Forklift is thoroughly inspected by AFS, repairs as needed, no leaks (guaranteed), tires in great shape.

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5 Things to do to Make the Warehouse & Forklift Safer

It’s not complicated, keeping your facility safe.  Anywhere there are machinery, materials and people there are bound to be complications, but the fact is most workplace accidents can be prevented.

With that in mind- here are five things you can do right now, today, to make your facility safer for your employees, your equipment, and your machinery.

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