Forklift America has customers all over the country who regularly share practices that have helped them improve productivity in their warehouses. Expertise in material handling comes from solid training, experience and learning from predecessors. Here are some proven best practices for improving productivity in material handling. [Read more…]
Forklifts work on the principle of a cantilever. A load on the forks (a beam) supported by the front wheels (a fulcrum) is counterbalanced by the forklift’s body and counterweight built into it. Comparing the “moment” of each determines whether a forklift will safely carry a load or tip forward. In other words, the driver must consider the load and the forklift’s center of gravity together. And to complicate matters the center of gravity moves as the load is moved with the forklift traveling over rough and inclined surfaces. [Read more…]
Lift trucks are only as safe and productive as their operators. Effective driver training programs are critical to ensuring your drivers are competent to safely operate a forklift and that your distribution center is legally compliant. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations specify what topics driver training programs must cover while packaged training programs, dealers and third-party consultants and in-house instructional programs provide such instruction. But how do you determine which of these sources offers a sound program? Here are some pointers.
Check credentials. Make sure a trainer is qualified both on paper and has experience before contracting with an outside firm. Ensure that the trainers are certified. Many trainers have earned their certifications through trainer certification programs offered by major lift truck manufacturers and third-party training organizations. Be wary of one-size-fits-all training programs as OSHA rules require training to be specific to the vehicle and to the application, something a one-size-fits-all program would be unlikely to meet. [Read more…]