Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fork Position

Fork Position


Operator slides the forks into the pallet until they are fully under the load.
Figure 8. Operator slides the forks into the pallet until they are fully under the load.
Potential Hazards:
 

While moving the forks into position, be aware of the following:
  • Tipover
     
  • Dropped load
     
  • Collision
Requirements and Recommended Practices:
  • Level the forks before inserting them into the pallet.
     
  • The forks must be placed under the load as far as possible. [29 CFR 1910.178(o)(5)]
     
  • Slide the forks into the pallet until they are fully under the load. The forks should be at least two-thirds the length of the load
     
  • Be careful that the forks do not go through to the other side where pallets are closely stacked.
     
  • Center the weight of the load between the forks. Adjust the forks to distribute the weight evenly. Note that forks are adjustable either manually or with a fork positioner.
     
  • Tilt the mast back carefully to stabilize the load. [29 CFR 1910.178(o)(5)]
     
  • Pick up an off-center load carefully. There is a greater danger of a tipover.


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