Within the distribution of goods business, forklifts play a very important part. They could efficiently move product through the distribution process. Then again, they should be used safely. Incorrect use of forklifts can result in injury to workers, damage to products, and serious accidents causing death.
If you use a forklift properly, it is rather safe. Tens of thousands of people are seriously injured in forklifts accidents on a yearly basis. Dozens are killed in workplace accidents that involve forklifts. The tragedy is that nearly all of these accidents are preventable with correct training and attention to safety.
Kinds of Equipment
Depending on the particular kind of forklift which would be used on the job, the forklift operator should be trained. A popular type utilized inside distribution centers and warehouses is the sit-down model. Other types of forklifts commonly used in industry include narrow aisle trucks, operator up units and rough terrain units.
A forklift operator certification which includes both practical evaluations and classroom study is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA. The three-year certification is not transferable; if switching employers, operators should become recertified.
1,800 kilograms to 2,200 kilograms is the load capacity of a typical forklift. Higher load capacities up to and over 9,000 kilograms are available in several units. The load capacity of a forklift depends on the unit and its options and attachments.
Forklifts were first developed by Yale and by Clark, top companies in the international forklift industry. Since the forklift was developed in the 1920s, it has undergone various technological advances, mostly leading to enhancements in operator safety and the efficient and safe movement of product.