Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Types & Fundamentals: Parts->Danger, Warning & Caution labels

In addition to the nameplate, forklifts may have other warning labels or decals that provide safety information to operators. Safety labels should be clearly visible to the operator and must be replaced if missing, damaged, or illegible.

Under one classification system, there are three types of warning labels or decals:
  • DANGER means if the danger is not avoided, it will cause death or serious injury.
     
  • WARNING means if the warning is not heeded, it can cause death or serious injury.
     
  • CAUTION means if the precaution is not taken, it may cause minor or moderate injury.
Figures 1 and 2 show examples of warning labels.
Safety decal on forklift.
Figure 1. Safety decal on forklift.



The steps to take in a tip over of a sit-down counterbalanced forklift: Fasten seat belt, don't jump, hold on tight to steering wheel, brace feet, lean away from impact and lean forward. Note that the seat belt should already be fastened.
Figure 2. The steps to take in a tipover of a sit-down counterbalanced forklift: Fasten seat belt, don't jump, hold on tight to steering wheel, brace feet, lean away from impact and lean forward. Note that the seat belt should already be fastened.

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