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  • Disadvantages of Scissor Lifts A scissor lift is a specific type of mobile scaffolding. This wheel-mounted machinery provides power to a work platform which moves up and down. The lift could be powered by electricity, propane, gas or diesel. Scissor lifts are characterized by a variety of scissor-like joints that lift the machinery by expanding and collapsing. Numerous safety features are built into scissor lifts these days, specially the newer models. Like with any safety features, they might not be able to guarantee safety and some features can be manually overridden by operators or they could occasionally malfunction. Inadvertent Elevation Usually, construction workers utilize scissor lifts to work on ceilings or on higher aspects of the jobsite. The workers will need to lift the platforms just to right below the level of the ceiling. The problem with accidental elevation could occur if the workers inadvertently bump into the elevation controls when working. In the ceiling scenario, the controls might be activated accidentally and the platform can rise up and inadvertently crush them into the ceiling. Electrocution Employees need to be really careful, making sure they are completely aware of their surroundings. This will ensure they don't inadvertently electrocute themselves. If, for instance, the operator makes direct contact with or inadvertently touches an induction field or an electrical conductor, terrible outcome could take place. Lateral Loads While operating a scissor lift, it is essential to be familiar with the loading restrictions in the handbook of your scissor lift. Very terrible consequences can occur if the platform is mis-loaded. A lateral-load is one of the possible issues that can occur if the whole lift overturns. This situation happens when a heavy tool or material like a concrete slab that hangs over the scissor lift platform's side, causing the entire machinery to become immediately unbalanced and really prone to dangerously tipping over. More

  • There are 7 various categories of forklifts available on the market. Some classes, including IV, III, II and I are specially engineered and designed to be used indoors on smooth surfaces. They may be chosen for specific factors of recycling that happen in those types of environments. For more intensive outdoor recycling applications, Class VII and V lift trucks are usually utilized. There are many company operations which work outside and have to handle extreme workloads. Their forklift selection would gravitate toward Internal Combustion or IC machines in Class V and Class VII. These models work really well in any type of weather and have adequate power to run heavy objects during the course of a shift. Operating a forklift safely is another important factor to take into account. Understanding and acknowledging the center of gravity is vital when driving a forklift, specifically when traveling on uneven terrain. Recognizing the stability triangle in these difficult work situations is also imperative. Often, warehouses can use various types of reach trucks. Several manufacturing operations and the supply area for many textile firms also rely on various units. Using a reach truck to stock finished merchandise on pallets, a variety of supplies and other pieces of machinery is common. These machines truly help to keep a facility organized and allow them to utilize the maximum amount of area by stacking vertically. Reach trucks are quite simple to operate. They can help make better use of both available storage area and time. If you are going to be utilizing your lift truck machinery 4 to 8 hours per day, it is highly better to purchase new. The warranty alone could come in handy with such continuous utilization. If, however, you are only unloading and loading not really often or on a bi-weekly basis, then a second-hand model could be suitable for your needs. Every situation is different and you must assess your personal needs before selecting the perfect machinery. More

  • Basic Fuel Types of Forklifts Powered lift trucks called forklifts are used in almost every industry to move heavy items and materials. The forklift is a really tough and dependable machinery which has become important tools in lots of construction and warehouse environments. Forklift units vary depending on the kind of work setting and the kind of fuel which is used to power the lift truck. Electricity Electric forklifts are recommended for work sites which have limited ventilation because they produce no exhaust fumes and are relatively quiet. They are designed to be powered by large, industrial-strength batteries. Because the electric forklift batteries need charging, the worksite will need a charging station. The batteries are tough and could be re-charged up to 1,500 times before they have to be replaced. The charging station should be located in a ventilated area and include an emergency eyewash station and an acid spill kit. Propane Liquid propane powered forklifts are normally utilized in modern industrial operations because propane has some benefits over electric and diesel. Propane models are cleaner to operate compared to diesel-powered units. There is no down time needed to recharge an industrial battery, and the cost for propane is less than the cost of electricity. A forklift propane tank can be quickly and easily refueled by changing out the empty tank with a full tank. Normally an off-site supplier refills the empty tank, making refueling really efficient and safe. Diesel and Gasoline Diesel and gasoline lift trucks are the machine of choice for rough terrain and outdoor applications. They are commonly found on construction sites and lumber yards. Their disadvantages include fairly high maintenance requirements, odorous exhaust and fairly high fuel costs. Their benefits include dependability in tough conditions and a longer lifespan than other units. Gasoline and diesel units should be refueled at a supply station on site which meets safety and health policies. More

  • In the crane industry, the all-terrain crane is a luxury type of a mobile hydraulic crane. The reputation of this crane is similar to driving a Range Rover or a Hummer on pavement. All-terrain cranes are considered to be a hybrid between a rough terrain crane and mobile truck crane. Another great quality of this particular machinery is its multi-functional ability to be able to traverse through all types of off-road terrain. One of the main selling features of this particular crane is that it travels equally well at high speeds down roads. The First Rough Terrain Crane Grove introduced the first rough terrain crane to the market in the year 1959. The crane was designed for the intended use of being a multi-purpose device for application on construction sites. The industrial strength of the crane's tires is capable of handling all kinds of tricky terrain and is able to move small loads in carry mode. In the 1970s, Grove introduced the 4 axle Super-RT 1650 model. This particular unit has a 270 foot or 82.8 meter height under hook in production, together with a 135 ton lifting capacity. At the end of the day, the rough terrain crane would become the most notable equipment of the company over the years. The Crane's Drawbacks Amongst the main drawbacks of the rough terrain crane was the issue that it was not capable of being driven on public highways with any other traffic. Japan was the only country in the globe that will make an exception to this rule. Furthermore, another problem happened when the crane's lowered boom tended to block the driver's left and right views, depending on how the cap was placed. All the issues with the design of the crane ended up being both dangerous and severe and result in many RT crane mishaps, specially while turning. Thus, low-loaders, lowboys, flatbeds were adopted as the main method of moving rough terrain cranes. More

  • Basic Fuel Types of Forklifts In industrial, construction and distribution settings, powered lift trucks or forklifts are normally utilized to do lots of tasks. These heavy-duty machines are intended to be tough and dependable so they can move heavy items in all different kinds of conditions and environments. Forklifts can run on numerous types of fuels and therefore can adapt to lots of different work environments. Electricity The electric models produce no emissions and reliable and quiet. These units are powered by industrial-strength large batteries which are made to be able to be successfully recharged approximately one thousand five hundred times in their functional lifespan. As electric forklifts produce no exhaust fumes, it is oftentimes the machine of choice and necessity in places which have limited ventilation. These forklifts need a charging place somewhere on the premises that is equipped with an eyewash station and emergency acid spill kit due to the batteries. For safety reasons, the charging area must be well ventilated. Propane Liquid propane is a common power source for the modern forklift. Propane provides various benefits over electric and diesel models. Like for example, propane usually costs less than electricity. While recharging the battery, there is no need to remove the lift truck from service. Propane units also offer a much cleaner operation compared to forklifts that are powered by diesel. In most instances, a propane forklift can be refueled by just changing out the empty propane tank with a new full one. Usually, an off-site supplier would re-fill the tanks. This ensures an easy, fast and safe re-fueling process. Gasoline and Diesel Since forklifts that utilize gasoline or diesel produce smelly exhaust, they require more maintenance. They have fairly high fuel costs as well. As they have a much longer and useful lifespan, they are rather reliable compared to electric or propane models. Re-fueling needs a fuel supply on site which follows strict health and safety codes. Diesel and gas models are mainly used in outdoor applications on rough terrain, such as in lumber yard environments or on construction sites. More

  • Basic Training Information for Liquid Petroleum Gas Liquid Petroleum Gas or LPG is a fuel which has 90 percent propane and has no colour or smell. It is derived from natural gas. Liquid Petroleum Gas is extracted using a process called distilling. Considerations Liquid petroleum gas should be handled carefully. Even if it is usually considered safe, it could cause a fire or explosion if the gas lines are not maintained or have not been correctly installed. Correct installation and maintenance guidelines should always be followed for home appliances which utilize liquid petroleum gas. Prevention Personnel who work directly with liquid petroleum gas must undergo training in accident prevention to ensure safe handling. There are refueling methods which must be carefully followed. Employees should also learn how to recognize dangers like loose fittings or damaged hoses, and how to test for potential leaks. Personal protective gear must always be worn when working with liquid petroleum gas. Emergency Preparation Potentially, the LPG gas is volatile. The personnel in charge of handling this gas need to be taught and prepared to respond to emergencies. Trainees would learn how to administer first aid, how to evacuate areas at risk, and how to control gas leaks. Different Sizes of LP Gas Tanks Liquid Petroleum Gas tanks would range in size from small tanks the size of a backpack all the way to large underground tanks. Liquid petroleum Gas is very useful for cooking and heating for both commercial and residential applications. Lots of forklift units are powered by LPG. Roughly 350,000 vehicles in the United States and 3.5 million motor vehicles all around the world utilize LPG tanks. 33 Gallons The 33-gallon gas tank delivers fuel to commercial grade machines. The empty tank weighs around 7 kilograms. When full, the tank can hold 14 kilograms of propane. It is large enough for industrial use, and is designed to fuel lift trucks with LPG engines. The tank has a 30 centimeter diameter and is 71 centimeters long. More

  • Each year in British Columbia, there are a few hundred forklift accidents that are reported. Although operator training is definitely the most important component of avoiding workplace accidents, it is not enough to decrease the number of incidences. Obviously, the best approach to preventing lift truck accidents is having the organization and business involved, as well as combining the efforts of everybody in the facility. Toyota has implemented the System of Active Stability or SAS, which is technology derived from the automotive technology. The SAS could electrically monitor and control lift truck operations. This specific system is important for helping decrease the possibility of accidents from happening. When the SAS system detects any kind of instability, its advanced sensors signal simultaneously and engage the correct controller. Both the Active Control Rear Stabilizer and the Active Mast Function Controller help to prevent accidents or injuries occurring by adding stability. Toyota's SAS system is a patented technology that could sense various factors that can cause potential lateral instability. If and when those conditions are detected, the SAS immediately locks a hydraulic cylinder on the rear steer axle. If this specific situation happens, the stability footprint of the forklift changes to a rectangular in shape from a triangular in shape, resulting in added stability. The result is an immediate stability and really lessens the possibility of a lateral overturn from occurring. The SAS system engages instantly, once the machinery senses the occurrence of instability. Next, the rear axle becomes stabilized when the Swing Lock Cylinder is engaged. This creates the lateral stability the machinery needs to help reduce the chance of lateral tip-overs from occurring. Similar to the active rear stabilizer control, the active mast function controller utilizes the same technologies. Its function is to detect the numerous factors that could result in a possible longitudinal instability. When the SAS controller senses possible longitudinal instability from happening, 2 systems become engaged to help reduce the chances of rearward and forward tip-over situations from happening: the rear tilt speed control and the forward tilt angle control. The Forward Tilt Angle Control would detect load weight and mass height, then automatically override the operator's manual control and limit forward tilt to lessen the chance of tipping the forklift forward or spilling a load. These safety mechanisms are in place to help the operator stay safe. The Rear Tilt Speed Control uses the same mast height sensors and same load sensors to govern the mast's reverse tilt speed to half. This really decreases the possibilities of spilling unsecured cargo or having the forklift tilt backwards. More

  • Inspect a Forklift HRSDC and OSHA report that more than 10,000 workplace injuries related to fork lifts take place every year. Driver error is the reason for many of these mishaps. Lack of proper equipment maintenance and check results in numerous others. Maintenance and operation of a forklift is not just the reason for personal injuries, but also of damage to property. Forklifts can damage overhead pipes, sprinklers and building structures, and other equipment when operated improperly. The following day by day check ups must be done in order to lessen the possibility of forklift mishaps. Before checking various fluid levels turn off the engine. Inspect these fluids: fuel, engine oil, hydraulic oil, brake fluid and coolant. The tires also have to be checked for indications of wear and tear. Check the tire air pressure. Check the forks' condition. The load backrest must be tightly attached. Do a visual check of the top-clip retaining heel and pin. After that perform an inspection of the mast chains, hydraulic hoses, cables and stops. Ensure that the overhead and finger guards are securely attached. The LP powered forklift has propane tanks which need to be checked for corrosion, damage or rust. The battery's charge and electrolyte levels need to be tested periodically. Seat belts have to be checked for wear and tear. Check to make sure the owner's manual is stored on-board the forklift in a storage compartment. Check the seat belt to make sure the latches are secure. Check the hood latch to make certain that it is functioning as it should. To make sure there are no unusual engine sounds, start the engine up and listen for any irregularities. If there are, investigate immediately. Test the accelerator and the steering controls. The service brake and the parking break must be correctly working. To ensure proper functioning in both forward and reverse, the tilt control and drive control must be inspected. The functioning of the lowering control, the hoist and attachment control needs periodic inspection. Test the horn and lights. Afterward check the wipers, heater and defroster to make certain they are working well. Check each and every gauge to find out that it is reading within functional limits. More

  • Types of Jib Cranes The trolley hoist on a horizontal load-bearing boom are key features on Jib cranes. The boom is secured to a vertical mast which measures up to 20 feet long. Jib cranes can move loads between any areas within the boom's arc of rotation. Light duty models are utilized within factories and warehouses for loads weighing up to 5 tons. The BestJibCranes.com website showcases the major kinds of jib cranes as being either mast mounted, free-standing or wall-mounted. Free Standing Free-standing jib cranes can stand alone not needing support from the building structure. The horizontal boom in this case is connected to a pivoting vertical column that is anchored solidly to the floor of the building. This kind of jib crane can rotate a full 360 degrees and requires a foundation made of either concrete or steel. Mast-Type The mast-type jib cranes feature a vertical column that is supported by pivot points at the bottom and the top which are connected to the floor of the building and the overhead steel structure. These jib-cranes provide 360 degrees of rotation with the benefit of not needing the massive foundation needed for free-standing units. Wall Mounted The wall-mounted jib cranes provide a horizontal boom that is attached to the wall of a building as opposed to the typical vertical column. These machinery provide up to 200 degrees of rotation and are ideal in places where the full 360 degree rotation is not required. Depending on how the boom is supported, there are two model varieties. One type uses a tie rod from above the boom which is connected to the wall. The other kind supports the boom from below by using a cantilever brace which is attached to the wall too. More

  • Getting Aboard the Forklift The 3-point dismount is among the keys to maintaining operator safety. It is the key issue for keeping operator's safety, even if this is usually ignored. Like for instance, a few years ago, at a lift truck rally, a participator executed the course perfectly at a lift truck rally. At the end of his run, he was so excited, that he jumped off of his equipment and forgot to make a 3-point dismount. He failed to win the competition because he judges ended up docking marks from his overall score. The really serious issue of dismounting and mounting the forklift is covered in training. Having the drivers wear their seatbelts can also help save their lives in event of any tip-overs. It is truly essential to know that if the center of gravity of a loaded forklift moves outside of the stability triangle then a tip-over situation could happen. Skilled drivers seldom ever run into a tip-over situation, however, it is extremely vital that they are prepared for that risk in case it occurs. Dismount/Mount Mounting and dismounting of forklifts is vital for ensuring the driver stays safe. This is also important even on low platform pallet jacks. There are way too many injuries sustained from using these machinery. Several of the serious situations include: Driver's catching their loose clothing or coveralls while dismounting and can end up falling and breaking their back. Sometimes, the driver could sprain or break an ankle when they step off of a forklift. The operator can break an arm accidentally while falling and slipping off of the pallet jack. The driver could suffer from torn shoulder muscles if they slip on floor debris while they are still hanging onto the handhold with one hand. So as to keep you safe, having 3 points of contact is vital. Obtaining 3 points can be done with 2 hands and 1 foot or by 2 feet and 1 hand. This stance is precisely like climbing down or up a ladder. Don't forget to face the equipment at all times. Operators normally have a tendency to jump or hop off the machinery or to face away from the machine and these mistakes greatly lessen the overall risk being injured. For lots of companies, Taylors counterbalance forklifts provide a great solution. They are extremely durable and able to withstand a range of conditions and environments. They are reliable and made to last. More