Removing a Forklift from Service

Productivity and safety don’t have to be adversaries, though it sometimes takes some effort to make them work together.

You may be tempted to allow a damaged or compromised forklift to remain on the floor, but the fact of the matter is, there are instances where even a slightly damaged must be taken out of service. OSHA makes sure of that with a list of conditions under which a lift must be taken out of service.

LEAKS: Liquid fuels are considered to be hazardous materials and you don’t want anyone to be exposed to oils and gasoline. The fumes can be dangerous, most are flammable, and coming in contact with bare skin can cause irritation. Any type of leak must result in the removal of the truck from the floor until the repairs can be made.

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Rough Terrain Forklifts

The forklifts in most warehouses and manufacturing facilities are perfectly sized to accomplish the tasks at hand – but some jobs require a little more muscle.  For those bigger tasks, we give you the rough terrain forklift.

Class 7 forklifts are specifically made for rough terrain and are mostly used outdoors at construction sites and facilities with challenging terrain and heavy loads.

Even though these trucks are specifically built for rough terrain, that doesn’t mean every type of heavy duty forklift is made for every type of situation.  Rough terrain forklifts come in three types: telehandlers, straight mast, and rotating telehandlers.

In spite of the design elements specifically built for certain situations, a tremendous amount of care is necessary to ensure these lifts operate safely in uneven and treacherous situations. Raising and lowering a load must be executed on a level, stable surface. These trucks are big, but they can still tip if the driver is vigilant about the safety procedures.

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Pneumatic vs Cushion Tires

The type of tire you’re going to want to choose for your forklift fleet depends very much on the type of terrain where your trucks will be operating.

The fact is most environments require specific tires, and some due diligence may be required before you make a purchase. The safety and performance of your fleet depends on this decision, so do not take it lightly.

Here’s what you need to consider before making the final decision on your forklift tires:

In what type of environment will your forklifts be operating?

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Operating a Damaged Forklift

Even with daily inspections and regular maintenance, forklifts will experience occasional failures of varying severity. In the event of milder equipment trouble, the temptation may exist to keep the unit in service, to tempt fate in the name of efficiency or production.

We can’t emphasize the next four words enough:

Don’t ever do this.

Never, ever.

Ok, that was six words, but the point remains. Ignoring safety procedures is one thing- willfully engaging a damaged or compromised piece of heavy equipment is another.

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