Changing and Charging a Forklift Battery Safely

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These days battery powered industrial forklifts are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to be used in a variety of applications and industries. There are various styles of battery electric forklifts and range from small motorized pallet trucks to much larger forklifts. Irrespective of the type of battery electric forklift that you may have, there are specific hazards associated with their batteries and their maintenance.

Injuries from forklift incidents

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In warehouses, factories, shipping yards, freight terminals and other workplaces across Australia, forklifts are used to lift, stack and transfer loads.

While forklifts offer a practical materials handling solution for many businesses, each year they continue to be associated with workplace deaths and injuries.

For a forklift, tipping over is one of the biggest dangers when operating a forklift. This is a leading cause of deaths involving forklifts, accounting for one in six deaths. The chances of a forklift operator sustaining serious harm are high if the forklift operator decides to jump from an unstable forklift.

 

Understand your Load Rating and Load Centres

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There are a large number of forklift attachments that can be purchased to meet the needs of various applications. When attachments are used on a forklift a specific rating for that attachment is required. It is important for forklift operators to have a clear understanding of their forklifts lifting capacity and the risks associated with exceeding the rated capacity of the forklift.

Forklift Operators Compartment Safety Features

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In any forklift truck, the part that has the biggest impact on safety, performance and running costs is also the most expensive. It's the operator.

Over the life of your forklift truck, you'll spend more on operators' wages than anything else – and with good reason. If your operation is going to be safe, efficient and productive, the driver is your most important investment. The first thing any forklift truck should be is a good place to work – but too many managers dismiss a good cab environment as a luxury. And that's a huge mistake.Great cab design is critical. Here's why:

 

Forklift Use in Hazardous Areas

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Forklift operators encounter multiple hazards each time they operate a forklift. They must identify and safely negotiate each hazard. Many workplace environments however, contain one or multiple areas that are permanently hazardous. In these areas, only modified forklifts can be used and certain regulations must be followed.

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