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Forklifts are operating in every major retailer and distribution center in America. Where there are forklifts there are products, standing obstacles such as racking, and pedestrians. What does this mean for you? It means liability and obligation of prevention. One of the quickest and most usable ways to prevent forklift accidents are Forklift Camera Systems. Lift Truck Supply’s online parts store offers several different types of easily-installed camera systems.
- Reduce Forklift Damage – Added visibility means fewer dents, scratches, or fork damage due to ill spaced turns, tail swings, reversals, and drop-offs.
- Reduce Product Damage – Minimize costly product loss with full views around your lift. By utilizing side, back up, and fork positioned cameras your operator will be more able to prevent bumps and drops of product pallets or racking falls. You will also see fewer chargebacks from your vendor due to less product damage during loading.
- Extended Protection – Extends the life of your lift and workforce by reducing accidents that could be catastrophic to personnel and the lift.
- Fork Views – Adds ability to view fork to pallet placement.
- Maximizes Work Hours – Speeds up processing and fulfillment times due to workers higher level of accuracy and reduction of product loss.
- Ergonomics – Reduce worker strain and repetitive stress by virtually eliminating the need to twist and bend the neck/body to check major blind spots.
- Pedestrians – Help prevent pedestrian injury by extending your operators visibility.
- Monitoring – Recordable Camera Systems will help monitor operator speeds and allow you to play back video of an accident. Some systems also come with alert monitors.
- Insurance Purposes – Systems may help lower insurance premiums. *see your insurance provider to find out if they offer this concession.
- OSHA – Helps to bring Lift into OSHA compliance. While OSHA does not have a specific rule maintaining that a forklift must be equipt with a camera system it does have a General Duty Clause (see below) that says an employer can avoid violating this clause by installing visual safety devices. If not you could be subject to a $12,934 OSHA penalty per violation. That is a steep penalty to pay for not thinking ahead.
OSHA Act, 29 U.S.C. § 654 (a)(1), also known as the General Duty Clause, to furnish employment and a place of employment, free from recognized hazards that are causing or a likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees, where employees are exposed to hazards, including but not limited to, struck by, caught-in-between and crushing by the forklift. B56.1-2009 shows that industry recognizes this hazard and that equipping trucks with sound-producing and visual devices are feasible means to abate this hazard. An employer whose workplace presents this hazard and has not taken feasible steps to mitigate this hazard may be in violation of the General Duty Clause.
Your worker and customer safety is a critical part of your forklift program. By adding Forklift Camera Systems to your fleet, you are helping your company avoid becoming an accident statistic or OSHA violator. Upgrade your visual forklift safety today by visiting our online parts store.
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I love a clean floor! Especially when I walk into a business or warehouse and I see a clean foundation, I know they are on top of things and have a good standard of operating. One of the great many solutions we offer at Lift Truck Supply is commercial and industrial scrubbers and scrubber parts to help you make all of your company’s visitors feel the same way I do. Once you have picked out your Advance Scrubber unit, you may have questions about where, when, and how to use all the different available pads, brushes, and cylinders.
“Better safe than sorry!”; is an old addage that just about everyone has heard before. Guess what? That tired old saying still rings true today. As managers, foremen, shop superiors, or owners we know that safety is our number one priority for a few great reasons.
Ask yourself, “How am I going to avoid or deter accidents today?”. Risk management should be the first and last thing you think about every day. By setting up the right safety accessories before an accident happens, you will have one less item on your daily to-do list. The right safety item in the right spot will also help you avoid business threatening OSHA violations, costly legal fees, and vast insurance payouts. Most importantly we should provide safety accessories because our workers deserve a protected and unassailable workplace and we deserve peace of mind knowing we provided it.
OSHA accident search results show over 186 accidents involving powered industrial vehicles in 2017; 35 of those are fatalities. One way to help avoid becoming a statistic is to improve your industrial fleet and warehouse’s safety accessories.
Lift Truck Supply offers several different options to keep your work environment safe. Read below to find out about some of our best-selling options.
Forklifts are operating in every major retailer and distribution center in America. Where there are forklifts there are pedestrians. What does this mean for you? It means liability and obligation of prevention. One of the quickest and most noticeable pedestrian warnings are forklift safety lights. Lift Truck Supply’s online parts store offers eight different types of easily-installed safety lights.
“20% of all forklift fatalities from 1980 to 1994 involved a worker stricken by a lift truck.”- The National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities (NTOF)
Announcer: Having a warehouse full of forklifts means a lot of responsibility. After all, someone has to keep track of where the forklifts are, who is using them, how they’re being used, and whether or not the forklifts are being properly maintained. It can be a full-time job, but it doesn’t have to be. Toyota’s robust forklift management system T-Matics COMMAND works to eliminate the burden of managing forklifts, so you can focus on the most important thing, your business.
Who is using your forklifts? With T-Matics COMMAND, you can stop the unauthorized use of forklifts by those not trained or licensed, or who should not operate them. That’s because forklifts with T-Matics COMMAND only operate with a swipe of a tamper-free badge. No forklift using T-Matics COMMAND can ever be used without permission.
Want to make required forklift inspections and recordkeeping fast and easy? T-Matics COMMAND makes sure they’re done, and removes the recordkeeping burden. Use T-Matics COMMAND to leverage daily electronic vehicle safety checklists, make paper checklists a thing of the past, improve overall safety practices and operator responsibility with regular forklift inspections, and simplify the mandated storage of daily checklists. Should T-Matics COMMAND sense a safety issue during a check, the forklift is rendered inoperable until the issue is addressed.
Are you maintaining your fleet like you should? Never miss planned maintenance with T-Matics COMMAND. The convenient preventative maintenance function provides a complete checklist and ongoing scheduling.
What are your operators doing? T-Matics COMMAND provides granular views and tracking of time and motion to help maximize productivity. Then there are impacts. T-Matics COMMAND tracks forklift impacts. The dynamic impact sensor automatically calibrates to your specific application to eliminate false alarms.
When you implement T-Matics COMMAND, you’ll have a level of insight you’ve never had before. Know your operators and forklifts make important informed decisions, positively affect your bottom line and overall up-time. Visit toyotaforklift.com/t-matics, or talk to your local forklift dealer about how you can implement T-Matics COMMAND to increase your productivity and profitability.
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Ever wonder how your newly purchased lift went from looking showroom quality to dumpster chic in a matter of months? Ever had an unexplainable forklift accident happen? Ever wonder if your forklift operator was actually following safe practices when the “unavoidable” accident happened? Now, thanks to technology from the automotive industry; the days of just wondering how that massive product spill happened are gone. Utilizing some of the same auto industry concepts, there are now specialized forklift camera systems that are ready to record and report at the turn of a key.
The camera system Lift Truck Supply recommends is the Safe-View Wireless Camera System. The Safe-View Wireless Camera System is an excellent tool to not only give the operator a variety of different views around the lift truck but, record the lift’s operation as well. The Safe-View is easy to install and operate with the capability to connect up to four cameras. You can monitor up to a 360 degree view around the forklift while giving your operator extended real-time visibility where it was previously limited.
The Safe-View System comes available with either a seven inch or a nine inch crystal clear display that shows up to four camera views simultaneously and records onto an SD card. The system is equipped with automatic monitor-to-wireless camera pairing capability that cancels out other camera interference. The Wireless Camera alleviates many wire mounting problems that other systems face. Some of the additional camera features include night vision technology that allows you to see clearly in low light or dark conditions, water and impact resistant housing, and can be mounted anywhere on the forklift via magnetic mounting brackets. These features greatly increase the ease of installation over other camera systems available. The purchasable basic system includes the 7” or 9” LCD Display, Rechargeable Battery Pack, and one Wireless Camera.
Forklift Safe-View Wireless Camera System Safe-View Features and Benefits:
- 7” or 9” LCD Monitor with 120 degree view angle camera
- Exceptionally clear picture
- Digital wireless system with built-in transmitters in the camera and display
- Automatic pairing capability with no interference from any other cameras
- Night Vision technology so you can see clearly in low light conditions
- Recording capability with the use of an SD card
- 7” or 9” display accommodates up to 4 cameras
- Built with water and impact resistant housing
- Can be mounted anywhere on the forklift
- Easy installation and operation
- Camera view can be rotated in 90 degree intervals on each monitor
The Safe-View also has various feature-adding upgrades available. You may purchase up to 3 additional Wireless Cameras to add a customized view of your lift truck. The Magnetic Mount Camera Bracket is equipped with an impact bumper that can easily be installed on the mast to protect the camera for front view applications. The optional Key Fob System acts as a switch between the battery and the camera which allows the forklift battery to stay on without the cameras constantly drawing power. The Cable Reel allows a camera to be to the mast and automatically coils or uncoils the camera cord as the forks are lifted up or down. These add-ons can greatly customize your individual camera system needs and get you the proper view on your lift.
If you have been looking for a solution to your lift monitoring, blind spot, and back up camera needs then you need to look no further. A Safe-View Wireless Camera System will help your operator to have better visibility during operation and help your warehouse manager to have better visibility on your assets. There is no reason to say no to adding camera systems to your fleet today. Follow the links to our site or contact us at Lift Truck Supply, so you can learn more or we can help you customize your order today.
I personally think forks are the unsung heroes of any lift truck. Think about it; forklift forks are what help keep our businesses up and running, they what we depend on to get our products from point a to point b on time, and we expect them to get our products there in perfect condition. Since we rely on our forks so much then we need to be sure we are using the right type and then maintaining and replacing them to keep our material handling process in tip-top shape.
Your forklift dealer can provide an assessment visit to help determine the best type of forks for your products and facility. They will check the product type, packaging, boxing, palatalizing, and movement process to suggest the right fork for the job. A good assessment will include a full plan from point a to z of your entire facility as well as several options for fork and safety accessories.
Most people assume there is only one type of fork that comes on a lift truck. Not True. There are many different types, widths, and uses available to tailor and interchange to your particular needs.
Pin type forks and Hook type forks:
- Pin type forks fit onto the forklift carriage by use of a pin or shaft, which locks the fork onto the carriage of the forklift. Some pin type forks are telescopic, meaning they can be extended to various lengths and locked into place using the pin.
- Hook type forks bend over then lock onto the fork’s carriage bar. Both hooks must slip into the end of the carriage bar in order to make a proper fit.
- Standard forks are tapered, which helps the end of the fork fit into the pallet slots.
- Blunt Ended forks are used to deter punctures of loads.
- Specialty Coatings are available to further tailor your lift to any product handling need.
Types Of Forks
- Standard ITA Forks – The most common, but even standard forks come in different lengths, widths, depths, and capacities. It’s important to know your vehicle’s capacity before installing new standard ITA forks.
- Folding Forks — These forks are hinged so they can fold up to allow the vehicle to maneuver in tight spaces.
- Block Forks – Specially designed to accommodate the safe handling of bricks and construction blocks.
- Carpet Poles – Single extended poles that are used to lift heavy carpet rolls.
- Fork Extensions – Fit onto to standard forks to extend their length for handling longer loads.
- Shaft Forks – These are used to suit all pin type carriages.
- Non-Current Forks – Forks to fit older vehicles that don’t use standard ITA forks.
- Lumber and Plywood Forks – Feature a forged heel, square heel, single taper or double taper.
- Spark Retardant Forks – Made from non-sparking materials for use in hazardous locations and atmospheres, such as those with combustible gasses of materials.
- Tire and Barrel Forks – Feature semi-circular cutouts mid-fork to accommodate the lifting of barrels, drums, and tires.
- Coil Handling Forks – Feature a contoured blade to lift handle coils. Warning: The capacity may be reduced depending on the size of the contour.
Once you have found your perfect forks your investment protection begins. Good maintenance will extend the life and usability of the forks and your truck. Some obvious things you can do to help maintain your forks are not dragging the bottom of your forks while in motion, avoiding collisions, picking up loads that are too far out on the forks, and picking up loads that are over the lifts capacity. The biggest thing you can do to help maintain your forks is to check your tire wear and chain adjustment! I know crazy, right? Forks should be kept ½” off the ground and as your tires wear the height of your forklift is reduced; resulting in fork drag and dings. Once you have determined that your tire wear is causing lowered forks then adjust your chain to maintain the proper height. Forks should also be inspected at least once a year (single-shift operation, and more frequently in severe applications) for wear and distortion.
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The best method to check you fork wear is to use a fork caliper, which is a type of adjustable go/no-go gauge. Each fork consists of two sections: the shank, which is the vertical part attached to the carriage, and the blade, which is the portion that picks up the load. Set the front teeth of the jaws by measuring the thickness of the shank (in an area of little or no wear) ensuring that the caliper is held square across the shank. Remove the caliper from the shank, maintaining the measurement you just took, and position the jaws over the fork arm blade approximately 2 inches out from the heel. If the inside teeth of the caliper hit the fork blade it has less than 10% wear and can be returned to service. If the inside teeth pass freely over the blade the fork has 10% wear. Remove fork from service.
Did you know that 10% wear on your forks (within two inches of the heel) equals a 20% reduction in your lift capacity? Once your forks have lost ten percent of their thickness near the heel then it is time to replace them. This isn’t something that can wait and should be done immediately. Failing to change out your worn forks can result in forklift damage, product damage, building damage, and even injury to your personnel. ANSI/ITSDF B56.1 and B56.6 Safety Standards state that forks meeting the 10% wear should be permanently removed from service.
OSHA recommends that forks with surface cracks, blade or shank are not straight, angle from blade to shank is not straight, difference in height of fork tips, positioning lock not in working order, fork hooks wear, fork marking not legible all be removed from service and either be discarded or repaired. If you repair your forks please be aware of OSHA standard 1910.178(q)(5). Also, be aware of OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.178(a)(4) Modifications and additions, such as trailer balls, which affect capacity and safe operation shall not be performed by the customer or user without manufacturers prior written approval. Capacity, operation, and maintenance instruction plates, tags, or decals shall be changed accordingly. Each individual fine can reach up to $7,000. Read more about OSHA regulations here
Researching, purchasing, and then maintaining your forks is just another savvy way to protect your business, its assets, and profits. You, being the smart fork truck owner that you are, are the key to demonstrating good fork inspection, maintenance, and replacement. Take care of your lift truck heroes and they will take care of you.
Accessories That Get You The Most From Your Pallet Racks
With the large variety of accessories available for pallet racks today your pallet racks can be customized to make sure they work the best for you. This article will cover a few common accessories that are used to increase the value of your pallet rack investment.
This is a very common pallet rack accessory that is made of different gauge steel rods welded into a mesh pattern. They are made for secondary support that cover the beams that your pallets will rest on. The front and rear beams should still be the primary source of support but the wire decking can increase how much weight can be stored on each rack. A wire deck is typically designed to hold anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 lbs.
Row Spacers and Wall Ties
Row spacers are designed to increase the stability of your pallet rack. A row spacer can tie together two rows of pallet racks that are back-to-back and they are placed about 6 inches from the top and bottom of the rack. If you have long rows of pallet racks these are essential for tying them together
Wall ties can increase the stability of your pallet rack by tying the pallet rack upright to your warehouse wall or most other solid structures in your warehouse to reduce swaying or tipping of pallet racks.
A column protector, also called post protectors or upright protectors, can be used to protect your pallet racks from being damaged by forklifts. When your pallet rack upright takes damage over time the frame can become weak and eventually collapse. This accessory is designed to prevent that and help to save you money.