Forklift Safety Newsletter – How Safe Is Your Loading Dock?

How Safe Is Your Loading Dock? Traditional open-style loading docks should always be a concern for safety managers since there is nothing to prevent a forklift from driving off the edge of the dock. Pedestrians have also been injured falling off loading docks. OSHA requirements don’t provide much guidance. Loading docks must have guardrails only if they are four feet or more above ground level, but most loading docks are 48” to 52”. How often … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg April 5, 2017
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Forklift Safety Newsletter – Inspect a Van Before Loading or Unloading

Inspect a Van Before Loading or Unloading   A van moving or shifting while loading or unloading can cause a whole series of expensive problems. While most forklift operators agree that chocks are good idea, that may be just one of several safety steps that your company should require to keep a van stationary and safe during loading or unloading. Here are some important points to consider: Rear impact guard (ICC bar): … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg January 23, 2017
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Forklift Safety Newsletter – Fall 2016 – Forklift Trainer Qualifications

Forklift Trainer Qualifications OSHA requires that companies certify their forklift operators every three years. But what about forklift trainer qualifications? What makes these persons “qualified” to certify others? Similar to other standards, it is the responsibility of the employer to develop the criteria (preferably written) appropriate to that workplace and select trainers who meet those standards. So what are the attributes of a … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg October 5, 2016
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Forklift Safety Newsletter – August 2016 – Transporting Liquids

Transporting Liquids: Watch Out for Slosh   Every load has unique characteristics that an operator needs to take into consideration before moving it. Transporting liquids offers a prime example. Recently a student in one of my classes illustrated this point. He used to operate a tanker truck and told the class that transporting liquid in a partially filled tank greatly changes the stopping characteristics of the … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg July 28, 2016
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Forklift Safety Newsletter – July 2016 – Fork Inspection

Fork Inspection: Six Essential Steps Forks that break or show excessive wear pose a serious hazard. Fortunately a thorough pre-use fork inspection can identify these deficiencies before they cause accidents. Here are six items that your fork inspection should cover: Surface cracks: Examine the heel area and welds attaching the mounting components to the fork blades. Visible surface cracks mean the fork should be removed from … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg July 11, 2016
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Forklift Safety Newsletter – June 2016 – Telehandler Stability

Telehandler Stability: Different Than a Forklift? Central to the safe operation of a lift truck is understanding the factors that affect stability. When it comes to telehandlers, many of these factors come into play, but there are a few more to consider that are specific to telehandler stability. Start with the fact that a telehandler’s stability triangle and pyramid have a larger base due to a wider and longer chassis (and often the presence … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg June 8, 2016
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Forklift Safety Newsletter – May 2016 – Load Backrest Tall Enough?

Is Your Load Backrest Tall Enough? OSHA generally requires that lift trucks which handle small objects or un-banded units have a vertical load backrest of sufficient height, width, and strength to prevent the load or any part of it from falling toward the operator. In this photo the operator is attempting to pick up un-banded plywood. You will notice that the top panels are not supported by the load backrest. Without the support of the load … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg May 4, 2016
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Forklift Safety Newsletter – April 2016 – Free Rigging

What’s Wrong With Free Rigging? It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention. So when forklift operator’s are faced with moving a variety of unusual material they have come up with innovative ways to accomplish the task. One of these ways is what is often called free rigging. Free rigging is the practice of attaching any of a variety of rigging equipment (such as chains, slings, shackles, rings, etc.) directly to the forks and … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg April 5, 2016
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Forklift Safety Newsletter – February 2016 – Telehandlers

Telehandlers: Just Another Forklift? Telehandlers are defined as: A vehicle with a telescopically extensible boom, which can be fitted with various lifting or manipulative devices such as pallet forks. The word is a combination of telescopic and handler. The use of telehandlers has exploded due to their ability to lift, transport, and stack material, particularly on construction sites. But are these devices just another type of … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg February 8, 2016
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Fork Length – What Does It Matter? – Forklift Safety Newsletter – January 2016

Fork Length - What Does It Matter? As a forklift operator you may not pay much attention to the fork length because they are the same length every day when you get on your forklift. But there are several principles involving fork length that you should keep in mind. Load Support If you handle a variety of products you need to be sure that your forks extend far enough under the load to provide enough support. As a general rule Hyster … [Read more...]

Bruce Hulberg February 9, 2016
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