In the distribution of goods business, forklifts play a very important role. They could efficiently transport product through the distribution process. However, they must be utilized carefully. Incorrect use of forklifts could cause injury to workers, damage to products, and serious accidents which can lead to death.
Forklifts are fairly safe so long as they are utilized properly. Tens of thousands of people are seriously injured in forklifts accidents on an annual basis. Dozens are killed in workplace accidents involving forklifts. The tragedy is that most of these accidents are avoidable with attention to safety and proper training.
Types of Machines
Depending on the particular kind of forklift which would be used on the job, the forklift operator must be trained. A popular kind used inside warehouse and distribution centers is the sit-down model. Other kinds of forklifts normally utilized in industry comprise narrow aisle trucks, operator up units and rough terrain units.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for forklift operators comprise certification involving both practical evaluations as well as classroom study. The three-year certification is not transferable; if changing employers, operators must become recertified.
1,800 kilograms to 2,200 kilograms is the load capacity of a conventional forklift. Higher load capacities up to and beyond 9,000 kilograms are available in several units. The load capacity of a forklift will depend on the unit and its attachments and options.
Forklifts were initially developed by Yale and by Clark, leading companies within the worldwide forklift business. Since the forklift was developed in the 1920s, it has undergone various technological changes, mostly leading to the efficient and safe movement of product and improvements in operator safety.