ITA sponsors second annual National Forklift Safety Day, June 9th

Lift truck industry to visit Washington on June 9 to educate government officials about safety, regulatory, and economic issues. Read the rest of the article at DC Velocity (Link)

Learn more or register with Industrial Truck Association (Link)

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Common Forklift OSHA Violations

There are many OSHA regulations to follow when using any powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, in the workplace.  Here are several common areas of OSHA compliance:

  • Certified Operators: All forklift operators must be trained and certified.
  • Battery Connector: Functioning and in good repair.
  • Fire Extinguisher, Headlights, Tail Lights, Strobe Light, Gauges/Display, Harness, Horn, LP Tank Latch: If present on the forklift, they must be in good working condition.
  • Operator’s Manual: Must be present on the forklift and operator must be familiar with the manual.
  • Safety Labels: All appropriate safety labels must be on the forklift.
  • Chains, Forks, Tires: Must not be worn beyond a certain point.  Must be in good working condition.
  • Daily Checklist: All forklifts shall be examined at least daily before use and records must be maintained of this check.

If the powered industrial truck is in need of any of the above repairs, the truck should be taken out of service until it has been restored to safe operating conditions.

Yes Equipment & Services offers a free OSHA Safety Audit!  We will audit your entire warehouse for potential OSHA safety violations, and help you find the best safety solutions for your location.

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy, and decent work. (Link)

Celebrate by making sure all your forklift operators are training and certified.  Sign up for classes today! We offer classes at our facility and yours.  Check out our website for class dates and to register: (Link)

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10 Lift Truck Accidents a Professional Lift Truck Operator Should Know & Avoid

1. HITTING CO-WORKERS WITH A LIFT TRUCK: Other workers often walk in front of or alongside a moving truck; always watch out for pedestrians. Sound your horn at intersections or when entering blind aisles.

2. HITTING CO-WORKERS WITH A LOAD: Workers may stand in front or alongside a lift truck. If a load shifts, or objects slip off the forks, they can be injured. Tell them to step away.

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3. CO-WORKERS INJURED BY A FALLING OBJECT: Keep other workers a safe distance from your lift truck when lifting or lowering a load.

4. OPERATORS INJURED BY A FALLING OBJECT: When lifting or stacking a load, objects sometimes shift or tilt. Never operate a truck without an overhead guard. Always keep your head, hands, arms, and legs inside the operator compartment.

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5. INJURED BY THE MAST: Never put your hand or any part of your body through the mast structure. It’s especially dangerous when the mast is raised or hung up on a rack.

6. FALLING OR SLIPPING WHEN GETTING ON OR OFF THE LIFT TRUCK: Familiarize yourself with the operator’s compartment; be careful stepping on or off your lift truck.

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7. COLLISIONS WITH OTHER LIFT TRUCKS OR VEHICLES: Always obey traffic rules in your facility. Drive slowly and do not pass. Think ahead.

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8. FALL OFF LOADING DOCKS: Accidents happen on loading docks because operators get too close to the edge of the dock. Accidents also happen because operators forget to chock the wheels of the trailer, make sure the trailer brakes are set, and fail to perform other safety precautions. Never cut corners on loading docks.

9. HIT OBJECTS WHILE DRIVING: Check clearances. Watch out for pipes, wires, fans, and overhanging fixtures. Keep your hands and feet inside the operator compartment at all times.

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10. TIP-OVERS: Maintain lift truck stability at all times. A professional operator makes sure the load is always balanced and the forks are set as wide apart as possible when carrying a load. Never turn on a ramp. In case of tip-over on a sit-down counterbalance lift truck, DO NOT JUMP! Follow the proper procedures for a tip-over situation.

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LED Blue Spot Light

The LED Blue Spot Light is a great safety device for all forklifts.  The light projects a beam that is seen as a large, visible spot, behind or in front of the forklift, to warn pedestrians and other forklifts of its presence.  It’s especially useful in noisy environments, where a back up alarm can be drowned out.

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The LED Blue Spot Light easily attaches to the overhead guard and is long lasting and rugged.  With these long-lasting LED lights, you may never have to replace another bulb again!

Features:

  • Projects 381 sq. in. beam at 9 ft. distance
  • Cast aluminum housing provides enhanced cooling to LEDs
  • UV – resistant polycarbonate lens resists UV discoloration
  • Universal pedestal mount easily attaches to overhead guard
  • 12v-48v configuration
  • Meets all UL requirements

Click to request through our parts department.

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2015 Forklift Operator Classes

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Forklift operator classes for 2015 have already started at Yes Equipment & Services. We offer basic operator training and train the trainer classes, both at our location and yours.  Visit our website for dates and times, pricing, and to register: Link

If you have any questions, please call!  WI: (888) 310-3902, IL: (866) 799-7743.

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Forklift Operator Training

Operator Training

OSHA requires that all persons who have the occasion to use any powered (Battery or Internal Combustion Engine) materials handling equipment must be certified before they can use this type of equipment and then recertified at least every three (3) years thereafter. Additional training is required if any person has an accident or is observed to operate this equipment in an unsafe manner. OSHA has levied substantial fines for companies that fail to train operators, fail to perform the required inspections for each shift, and for failing to document that training and inspections have been performed.

So besides the obvious OSHA regulations and fines, why else would you want to have operator training? How about the fact that well-trained operators will have fewer accidents than an untrained operator? That means less downtime for forklift repair, less cost for repairing the forklift and any racking, packaging, products, and any other materials, plus your operators will be safer and have a much lower chance of injury.

If you or one of your employees are interested in operator training visit our site to see training dates or contact us today.

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