Ensuring forklift attachment safety

Anyone who has worked with forklifts knows that they are one of the most versatile machines. To change the lift’s ability to handle different types of loads, you can add a variety of forklift attachments specifically designed for the task.

The various forklift attachments available must be used safely. So, here are some pointers to keep in mind when exchanging attachments.

Consider the following safety issues when using forklift attachments:

· Is the attachment forklift compatible?

· Is the attachment appropriate for its intended purpose?

· Is it safe to attach to the forklift?

· Is the forklift operator adequately trained to use the attachment?

Is the attachment forklift compatible?

Anyone who uses various forklift attachments should be aware that the attachment reduces the lift’s capacity and necessitates re-rating by the manufacturer. This requires the manufacturer to provide a new rating plate stating the forklift’s safe lift capacity with the new attachment.

As a result, a forklift operator must ensure that the load lifted with the new forklift attachments is within the revised safe lift capacity. If the load exceeds the safe lift limit, it cannot be raised for safety reasons. This eliminates the possibility of an accident, resulting in serious injury to the lift’s operator and damage to the products carried by the lift.

Is the attachment appropriate for its intended use?

Forklift attachments are created and designed to perform specific tasks. Attempting to use a forklift attachment for a job it was not intended for puts the forklift operator and nearby employees in danger of serious injury. Therefore you should interrogate whether an attachment is purpose fit.

Assume the forklift attachment’s purpose is to raise an employee to a certain height to reach a product. A man-up safety cage is required to complete this task. Improvising so that an employee stands on the forklift tines, pallets, or open boxes can result in serious injury and even death.

Is it safe to attach to the forklift?

When attaching a forklift attachment to the tines or carriage, following the manufacturer or supplier’s instructions is critical. Before attempting to lift a load, the forklift attachments should be securely fastened. Furthermore, the connection should be checked to ensure that the forklift attachments are still secure. Lifting heavy loads repeatedly can cause the connection to loosen.

Ensure that the forklift attachments, including the chains, does not interfere with the operation of the forklift mast when it is installed. Check the levels of hydraulic oil as well as the connections from the forklift to the forklift attachment to ensure it is safe and secure if you are using a hydraulically controlled attachment.

Is the operator adequately trained to use the attachment?

Aside from regularly inspecting a forklift attachment to ensure its safety and security, it is also critical that the forklift operator be fully trained in its safe use.

The operator should be aware that adding a forklift attachment can significantly alter the lift’s behaviour while in use. A qualified and trained operator should operate the forklift safely and be mindful of responding to changes in the attachment and lift’s behaviour. He should be prepared to react appropriately, safely and efficiently, to avoid injury or accidents.

Contact Micron Engineering for details

If you’re looking to buy or replace any forklift attachment, contact Micron Engineering today. Our material handling specialists can help you choose the most suitable solution.

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