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Monday, August 07 2023
Getting the Most Our of Your Forklift Tires

Taking good care of your forklift tires is essential to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the forklift, as well as to extend the lifespan of the tires. Here are some tips to help you maintain your forklift tires:

  1. Regular Inspections: Inspect your forklift tires on a regular basis, preferably before each shift. Look for signs of wear, damage, punctures, and uneven tread wear. Catching problems early can help prevent larger issues down the line.

  2. Proper Inflation: If you utilize pneumatic tires on your forklifts, maintain proper tire pressure according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Underinflated or overinflated tires can lead to uneven wear and reduced performance. Use a reliable tire pressure gauge to check and adjust the pressure as needed.

  3. Load Capacity: Ensure that you're not exceeding the forklift's load capacity. Overloading the forklift can cause excessive strain on the tires, leading to premature wear and potential safety hazards.

  4. Appropriate Speed: Avoid driving the forklift at excessive speeds, especially when carrying a load. High speeds can generate heat and cause increased tire wear. Stick to recommended speed limits to minimize tire stress.

  5. Keep Surfaces Clean: Keeping operating surfaces clean and free of debris can greatly reduce forklift tire damage.

  6. Safe Driving Practices: Encourage operators to avoid sudden starts, stops, and turns, which can put extra stress on the tires. Gradual acceleration and deceleration are easier on the tires and contribute to their longevity.

  7. Avoid Potholes and Obstacles: Try to avoid driving over potholes, sharp objects, or debris on the floor. These can cause punctures and damage to the tires.

  8. Proper Loading: When lifting and placing loads, ensure that the load is balanced and properly positioned on the forks. An unbalanced load can cause uneven tire wear and potential accidents.

  9. Professional Maintenance: Our Planned Maintenance program ensures all vital components, including tires, are in good operating order. We can check for alignment issues, suspension problems, and other factors that could affect tire wear.

  10. Tire Replacement: When tires are excessively worn, damaged, or have reached the end of their useful life, replace them promptly to maintain safety and performance.

Remember, taking care of your forklift tires not only improves the efficiency and lifespan of your equipment but also contributes to overall workplace safety. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines and consult with professionals if you're unsure about tire maintenance or replacement.

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Wednesday, July 12 2023
Tips to Improve Loading Dock Safety

Improving safety on a warehouse dock is crucial for preventing accidents and maintaining a secure work environment. Here are some recommendations to enhance safety:

  1. Conduct regular safety training: Train all dock workers on proper safety protocols, including equipment operation, handling hazardous materials, and emergency procedures. Offer refresher courses periodically and ensure everyone understands safety regulations.
  2. Provide personal protective equipment (PPE): Supply all workers with appropriate PPE, such as hard hats, safety glasses, high-visibility vests, steel-toed boots, and gloves. Encourage their consistent use and enforce PPE policies.
  3. Maintain clear communication: Establish effective communication systems, such as two-way radios or intercoms, to allow clear communication between dock workers, truck drivers, and supervisors. Ensure everyone can effectively relay information, warnings, and instructions.
  4. Implement traffic management: Develop a comprehensive traffic management plan for the dock area to prevent collisions and improve pedestrian safety. Clearly mark pedestrian walkways and separate them from vehicle lanes. Install signage and mirrors to enhance visibility, and consider using barriers or guardrails where necessary.
  5. Ensure proper lighting: Adequate lighting is essential for a safe dock environment. Install sufficient lighting fixtures to eliminate dark areas and shadows that could obscure visibility. Regularly inspect and maintain lighting systems to address any issues promptly.
  6. Regular maintenance of equipment: Establish a planned maintenance program for all dock equipment, including forklifts, loading ramps, and conveyor systems. Regular inspections and maintenance help identify potential hazards, preventing equipment malfunctions that could lead to accidents.
  7. Promote good housekeeping: Encourage a clean and organized work environment. Ensure that walkways, ramps, and loading areas are free of clutter, debris, spills, and obstacles that can cause slips, trips, or falls. Provide adequate waste management systems to prevent accumulation of waste materials.
  8. Implement safety barriers and guards: Install safety barriers, guardrails, and bollards to protect pedestrians and prevent unauthorized access to restricted areas. Implement dock edge protection systems to prevent accidental falls from the dock.
  9. Use warning signs and labels: Clearly display warning signs and labels to communicate potential hazards, such as restricted areas, low clearance, slippery surfaces, or areas with moving equipment. Ensure signage is prominently visible and easily understood.
  10. Regular safety inspections: Conduct routine safety inspections to identify potential hazards, non-compliance with safety protocols, or equipment issues. Encourage reporting of safety concerns by workers and promptly address any identified problems.
  11. Emergency preparedness: Develop and communicate emergency procedures specific to the dock area. Clearly mark emergency exits, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment. Conduct drills periodically to ensure workers are familiar with emergency protocols.
  12. Encourage employee involvement: Involve employees in safety initiatives by establishing a safety committee or encouraging their participation in safety discussions. Encourage workers to report safety concerns, near-miss incidents, or potential hazards, and reward proactive safety behavior.

Partnering with a professional material handling company gives you insight from industry professionals whose goal is to help you create a safe working environment for anyone that operates in or around your docks.

Posted by: BarryL AT 04:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, May 10 2023
Forklift Safety Day 2023 Celebrates 10 Years

The 10th Anniversary National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD) 2023 events will be held in Washington, DC on June 12 & 13, 2023. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

The schedule of activities will span two days and include:

Monday, June 12, 2023 (Willard InterContinental Hotel)

  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Educational Session (Open to all ITA Members & Guests)

Topics will include:

    • Economic Outlook
    • OSHA Updates
    • Overview of Current Congressional Activity
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – NFSD Reception (Open to All ITA Members & Guests)

 Tuesday, June 13, 2023

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Breakfast (Willard InterContinental Hotel)
  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – NFSD Event (National Press Club)
    • The event will include speakers from industry, safety professionals and government representatives.
  • 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM – Congressional Meetings

To register to attend virtually, please click here.

What You Can Do to Recognize Forklift Safety Day

Forklift Safety Day is a great opportunity to review your forklift safety program and/or plan. And if you don’t have a program or plan, this would be a great opportunity to create one! 

Start with Training

  • Are all of your forklift operators up-to-date on their training. Remember, forklift operators must receive refresher training every three years, and be evaluated on the equipment that they operate. 
  • How well do you know your operators? Download our Forklift Operator Questionnaire to get to know their experience operating lift equipment.
  • Learn more about Operator Training and our classes at our Training Page.

Inspections and Maintenance

Forklift Safety is No Accident

We’re here to help you maintain safety in your forklift operations by ensuring all your employees that might operate a forklift, know the limitations and dangers of forklifts AND to ensure they are all operating a peak efficiency and safety. To speak to one of our professional about any aspects of your forklift fleet’s safety or performance, just give us a call at 804-233-0051..

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