Forklifts play an important part within the distribution of goods. They can efficiently move product through the distribution process. However, they should be used carefully. Improper use of forklifts can result in injury to workers, damage to products, and serious accidents which could lead to death.
Forklifts are quite safe as long as they are used correctly. Tens of thousands of individuals are seriously injured in forklifts accidents each and every year. Dozens are killed in workplace accidents involving forklifts. The tragedy is that the majority of these accidents are preventable with attention to safety and proper training.
Kinds of Machines
Depending on the particular kind of forklift which would be used on the job, the forklift operator should be trained. A popular type used within distribution centers and warehouses is the sit-down model. Other types of forklifts frequently used within industry comprise narrow aisle trucks, operator up units and rough terrain units.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for forklift operators include certification involving both practical evaluations as well as classroom study. The three-year certification is not transferable; if switching employers, operators should become recertified.
Standard forklifts have a load capacity of 1,800 kilograms to 2,200 kilograms. Higher load capacities up to and over 9,000 kilograms are available in some units. The load capacity of a forklift will depend on the unit and its attachments and options.
Clark and Yale, the leading companies within the international forklift business,were the first to develop forklifts. Since the forklift was developed during the 1920s, it has gone through various technological advances, mostly leading to improvements in operator safety and the safe and efficient movement of product.