"forklift" Articles

  • Does it pay to pay attention?

    Operating a forklift in a busy, fast-paced environment can be hazardous. Forklifts must navigate around other vehicles, pedestrians, ramps, uneven surfaces, slippery floors, poor lighting, and blind spots. Environmental awareness is a critical part of forklift operator safety training to avoid accidents and injuries. By paying attention to environmental hazards, operators can prevent accidents and reduce the cost of doing business. In this article, we will explore the major environmental hazards that forklift operators face and how to handle them. We will also introduce TrainMOR, Morrison’s Forklift Operator Training company, which offers tailored training programs for businesses to ensure their operators are properly trained and equipped to handle any situation.

     

  • Fatal Forklift Accidents: A Disturbing Trend in the United States

    Forklifts are an essential piece of equipment used in many industries to transport materials and goods. However, despite their usefulness, they pose significant risks to workers if not used properly. Fatal forklift accidents are a major concern in the United States, and the numbers are alarming.

  • 5 Common (Avoidable) Forklift Operator Mistakes

    Forklifts are potentially dangerous pieces of industrial equipment, and, unfortunately, even the best forklift operators make mistakes. Some are relatively minor errors, like forgetting to check the battery’s charge. However, some errors are very serious, risking the safety of pedestrians and operators, as well as damage to equipment and products. 

  • Are your forklifts ready for Christmas?

    No. We’re not asking if your forklifts are prepared with festive lights and decorations. What we’re asking is are your trucks ready for the busy-ness of the holiday shopping season?

  • Do forklift operator “licenses” exist?

    Ever wonder why there aren’t forklift operator licenses? After all, truck drivers need a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Why don’t forklift operators need to be licensed? They operate big, heavy, potentially dangerous equipment.

  • The Basic Principles of Forklift Stability

    Is your forklift like a see-saw?

  • Are your forklift tires going to cause an accident?

    A forklift’s tires can either reduce the chance of accidents or cause them. Tires are truly THAT fundamental to a forklift’s operation, so we always recommend a daily tire check. It can make the difference between causing an accident and preventing one.

  • 5 dangerous myths about forklift safety

    On National Forklift Safety Day, Let’s Dispel Dangerous Myths Surrounding Forklift Safety!

  • What are the most common, serious forklift accidents?

    What are the most common, serious forklift accidents and how can you help prevent them? OSHA estimates that more than 85 people are killed in forklift-related incidents, around 34,900 seriously injured and another 61,800 suffer non-serious injuries.

  • Do I need to do a pre-shift inspection every day?

    Have you ever had a forklift or MEWP operator ask this question? We’ll bet you have. 

  • Is forklift operator a smart career move for you?

    Is forklift operator a smart career move for you?

  • How do I get my Forklift Operator Certification?

    For the safety of operators and other workers, OSHA requires forklift and MEWP operators to be certified before they operate the equipment. The employer is ultimately responsible for providing training programs since training must be tailored to each facility and equipment model. 

  • Forklift safety for pedestrians. It is essential for your plant.

    How can we protect pedestrians in the workplace from forklift accidents and injuries? Pedestrians need training too!

  • Safe Winter Operation for Forklifts and MEWPs

    This blog post will summarize the most important things you can do to protect operators and equipment and maintain safety during winter. 

  • Common Misconceptions about Training (and how to get past them)

    This blog post will list some of the most common objections to forklift training and give you valuable information you can use in support of training.

  • How many ways can forklift chains fail?

    How many ways can forklift mast chains fail? What are the signs operators should look for to prevent these dangerous failures? What could happen when forklift chain fails? Even with normal usage, mast chains will wear out. Overloading, misaligned chain and other problems cause premature wear and damage. Learn what to look for when inspecting chains in this TrainMOR Topics article.

  • Is Training Worth the Investment?

    Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training is not optional, but sometimes can feel like an impediment to productivity—a necessary but unprofitable activity. But, what if, in reality, operator training is saving you time and money? What if it is actually one of the best investments you can make in your business? There are at least 6 benefits to investing in forklift operator training and we’ve outlined them here in this article.

  • Lower Your Risk

    We rely on them to lift and move heavy loads, but in the hands of untrained, inexperienced or careless operators, forklift trucks pose some serious risks in the workplace. Lower your risk by being aware of these common and completely avoidable forklift-related OSHA violations.

  • Forklift Safety: Stabilizing the Load

    Off-center loads, overloading, loading damaged or loose loads, and driving too fast are all too frequent causes of serious and fatal forklift accidents. In this article we review how forklift operators can ensure load stability to profoundly reduce injuries and death due to tip-overs, spills, and other forklift accidents.

  • Top Safety Devices for Your Forklift

    Some accessories that outfit your forklift truck for safety.

  • VIDEO: Flat Fork Leveling Device

    Did you know that most of the forklift damage done to products is because of the forks?  Forks that aren’t positioned properly can puncture and tear product packaging.  Poorly positioned forks may also snag shelving or lead to spills.
     

  • VIDEO: Keep Your Hands Inside the Compartment at All Times!

    A forklift operator's hand wrapped around the operator compartment upright might seem like a rather inconsequential action until you consider that hand being accidentally scraped against a wall or crushed against an object. Watch the short video "Keep Body Parts Inside Forklift Compartment!".

  • When to Replace Your Forklift Tires

    Forklifts routinely support large amounts of weight and the base of that weight are the tires of the machine. The average forklift is three-times that of the average car, so having adequate tires are important to staying safe while using the vehicle.

  • Operating MEWPs and Forklifts in Winter Conditions

    Every winter season, operators of MEWPs and forklifts are faced with a new set of challenges. Winter conditions do not always lend to the safest working environments, and therefore, operators must take special precautions once the weather starts getting colder.

  • Effective Ways to Train Operators

    Operations that run smoothly, and with few to zero forklift related injuries, are built as the result of effective operator training. But what exactly makes a forklift operator training program effective? And how does that align with OSHA's requirements?

  • When, Why and How to Replace The Forks on your Forklift Truck

    How long has it been since you've replaced the forks on your forklift truck? If you're
    questioning when, it might be a good time to take a closer look at your equipment.