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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Awareness in the Warehouse

It’s a difficult question to ask a forklift operator after an accident. Was the incident a result of the driver not knowing the proper procedure or being willfully ignorant of the safety regulations?  It is, however, an important distinction.

Making sure your operators, and anyone who works around a forklift, is aware of the correct safety procedures is a fulltime job.

The good news is, most forklift operators are experienced professionals who are well aware of the correct safety procedures and regulations.  Knowing these safety steps is a requirement to get an operator’s license. There are those, however, who either willfully disregard safety procedures or are just unaware of the proper steps.

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Embrace the Variety of Forklifts

Forklifts are the workhorses of your facility, lifting and retrieving materials that are too large or heavy to manage manually or that need to be stored in an unusual location.

However, different lifts are built for different things, something you might not consider when building your forklift fleet.  Let’s take a look at three reasons you might want to consider a little variety in your choice of forklifts.

OPTIONS: As much as we may try to stay ahead of potential malfunctions and maintenance issues, sometimes things happen and a lift needs to be taken out of service. Having a variety of forklifts in your fleet means that even though they may be designed for slightly different functions, they can be pressed into duty in a crisis.

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Using Safety Tape in Your Warehouse

We talk a lot about safety in your facility, and one of the tools you can use to help keep your warehouse as safe as it can be is multiple colors of floor tape, to mark off areas and keep your people, your equipment, and your materials far from harm.

Here are some suggestions you can start using today to make your facility safer:

Use different colors of floor tape to delineate separate areas in your warehouse to make it as functional as possible. Mark off Shipping, receiving, machining, storage and inspection areas with different colors so there is no question which function each area performs.

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