Forklift Safety – Training and Equipment

Forklifts are an essential piece of equipment on many job sites and are the backbone of many businesses. The best, and only, way to effectively utilise industrial vehicles is to have the appropriate training and equipment and to handle them safely. When it comes to purchasing a forklift, there are a lot of safety considerations and features to keep both operators and other workers safe on the job, Benefits Of Using Forklifts.

What Every Forklift For Sale Must Have in General Requirements

When shopping for a forklift for sale, there are two major safety considerations. When buying a forklift from a dealer or reseller, ensure sure it has a falling object protection structure and a load backrest.

A falling object protection structure, often known as a FOPS, is required by OSHA rules on every forklift for sale and operation. The falling object protecting structure is comparable to the roll cage on a Jeep; it protects against falling things that may fall from the lift’s cargo or from the shelf where a driver is working. Purchase a forklift with a falling object protection structure that does not obstruct driver view, and open areas between guards that are no more than six inches in any dimension.

The load backrest, or LBR, is designed to provide protection when handling small objects or unbanded units, and it should be present on any forklift for sale; don’t buy a forklift if it isn’t. The LBR is a guard that sits directly behind the forks to keep objects from falling backwards onto the driver.

Consider lifting a pallet of short-length pipes and having the banding come loose, causing the load to roll backwards. In order to be considered effective when looking for a forklift for sale, the load backrest must be capable in size and strength depending on the type and weight of the expected load.

Purchase a forklift that is fully labelled.

Check any front end attachments that are available or come with a unit when purchasing a forklift. If you’re not using the manufacturer’s front-end attachments, the forklift you’re selling needs to be marked with the attachment’s name and the approximate combined weight of the vehicle and attachment at maximum elevation with a centred load.