Friday, April 26, 2013

Types & Fundamentals Part 3

The following are classes of commonly-used powered industrial trucks. This classification does not include all powered industrial trucks covered by the OSHA standard [29 CFR 1910.178(a), 29 CFR 1910.178(b) and 29 CFR 1910.178(c)].

Class III: Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks
The following are examples of Class III powered industrial trucks.
 
Lift Code 1: Low Lift Platform.
Lift Code 1: Low Lift Platform.
Lift Code 2: Low Lift Walkie Pallet.
Lift Code 2: Low Lift Walkie Pallet.
 Lift Code 3: Tractors
Lift Code 3: Tractors
 Lift Code 4: Low Lift Walkie/Center Control.
Lift Code 4: Low Lift Walkie/Center Control.
Lift Code 5: Reach Type Outrigger.
Lift Code 5: Reach Type Outrigger.
Lift Code 6: High Lift Straddle.
Lift Code 6: High Lift Straddle.
Lift Code 6: Single Face Pallet.
Lift Code 6: Single Face Pallet.
Lift Code 6: High Lift Platform.
Lift Code 6: High Lift Platform.
Lift Code 7: High Lift Counterbalanced.
Lift Code 7: High Lift Counterbalanced.
Lift Code 8: Low Lift Walkie/Rider Pallet and End Control.
Lift Code 8: Low Lift Walkie/Rider
Pallet and End Control.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Types & Fundamentals Part 2

The following are classes of commonly-used powered industrial trucks. This classification does not include all powered industrial trucks covered by the OSHA standard [29 CFR 1910.178(a), 29 CFR 1910.178(b) and 29 CFR 1910.178(c)].

Class II: Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
The following are examples of Class II powered industrial trucks.
 
Lift Code 1: High Lift Straddle.
Lift Code 1: High Lift Straddle.
 
Lift Code 2: Order Picker.
Lift Code 2: Order Picker.
Lift Code 3: Reach Type Outrigger.
Lift Code 3: Reach Type Outrigger.
Lift Code 4: Side Loaders: Platforms.
Lift Code 4: Side Loaders: Platforms.
 
Lift Code 4: Side Loaders: High Lift Pallet.
Lift Code 4: Side Loaders: High Lift Pallet.
Lift Code 4: Turret Trucks.
Lift Code 4: Turret Trucks.
Lift Code 6: Low Lift Platform.
Lift Code 6: Low Lift Platform.
Lift Code 6: Low Lift Pallet.
Lift Code 6: Low Lift Pallet.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Types & Fundamentals Part 1

We will review the classes of commonly-used powered industrial trucks. We will also summarize the major types of power sources used in powered industrial trucks and review safe practices for refueling and battery charging/changing operations. Finally, we will review the major parts of a powered industrial truck, including some of the potential hazards and possible solutions associated with each part. 

The following are classes of commonly-used powered industrial trucks. This classification does not include all powered industrial trucks covered by the OSHA standard [29 CFR 1910.178(a), 29 CFR 1910.178(b) and 29 CFR 1910.178(c)].

Class I powered industrial trucks.
 
Lift Code 1: Counterbalanced Rider Type, Stand Up.
Lift Code 1: Counterbalanced Rider Type, Stand Up.
Lift Code 4: Three Wheel Electric Trucks, Sit Down.
Lift Code 4: Three Wheel Electric Trucks, Sit Down.
 
Lift Code 5: Counterbalanced Rider, Cushion Tires, Sit Down.
Lift Code 5: Counterbalanced Rider, Cushion Tires, Sit Down.
Lift Code 6: Counterbalanced Rider, Pneumatic or Either Type Tire, Sit Down.
Lift Code 6: Counterbalanced Rider, Pneumatic or Either Type Tire, Sit Down.

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Forklift Regulation Citation Example

When it comes to forklifts, we sometimes think nothing serious will happen to us, but the OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178 has been promulgated to ensure employers are serious about protecting their employees.  Below is an example of a recent OSHA inspection to a plant in Ohio:

"Employers are responsible for ensuring workers are properly trained in the operation of equipment and that equipment, such as forklifts, are maintained in good working order," said Kim Nelson, area director for OSHA in Toledo.

A willful violation was cited for failing to remove unsafe forklifts from service. A willful violation is one commit ted with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Three serious violations were cited for failing to complete forklift inspections, retrain workers in forklift operations following an incident where an injury occurred and operate a forklift in a safe manner. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

This company also has been cited with one other-than-serious violation for failing to have name and capacity plates on forklifts. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

This company employs about 300 workers company-wide and about 100 at its Ohio facility. The company also operates facilities in Michigan, and Texas. Both the Ohio and Texas facilities have been previously inspected by OSHA and issued citations for failing to remove unsafe forklifts from service in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

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