A forklift attachment is a modification or addition to a forklift that affects its capacity, stability, or safe operation. Lifting devices are used for lifting heavy loads, and when maintained for use with a forklift, do not affect the capacity or safe operation of the truck.
What is forklift attachment?
Attachments allow your forklift to become more efficient and versatile with handling unique material handling products. An attachment can enable a lift truck to push, pull, clamp, lift, side shift and rotate any load imaginable.
What does OSHA say about forklift attachments?
Operators must be trained in the proper use of attachments because they alter the performance of the forklift. Attachments affect the truck’s performance by changing its center of gravity, visibility, and capacity. Overloading. The weight of the attachment reduces the lifting capacity of the truck.
What is required when using an attachment on a forklift?
The following checks must be made before using an attachment on a forklift: The attachment must suit the truck you are fitting it to, and must be suitable for the type of load you are lifting. It must be properly attached to the forklift with a suitable locking device.
Where are attachments mounted on a lift truck?
The forklift carriage assembly is where you mount the forks, load backrest and/or any forklift attachments to your lift truck.
What are the three major parts of a forklift?
The three major parts of a lift truck are the body (truck), overhead guard, and hydraulic lift.
Can you modify forklift forks?
DON’T Modify the Forks
Forks should always remain parallel to each other and inspected regularly for bends and signs of wear or unevenness. A bent fork is a dangerous fork. Learn more about fork inspections and fork safety. The bottom line: always consult an expert before modifying your forklift.
What should I look for when inspecting a forklift?
Check for leaks, cracks and visible defects everywhere on the forklift. Check mast chains visually; avoid the use of hands. Test mast chain tension by lifting the load backrest to eye level—the mast chains should be level and any tilting may signify stretching or broken rollers.
What are the OSHA regulations for forklift?
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178(I) requires that employers provide forklift operators training for vehicle inspection and maintenance. Operators must be over 18 years of age and be recertified at least once every three years. The similar CSA standard is B335-04 (R2012).
How do you find the best way to secure an attachment to your forklift?
Always secure attachments properly to the forklift according to manufacturer instructions using the manufacturer-supplied chains or pins, specifically designed for this purpose.
Does OSHA require pallet jack training?
Yes, forklift and pallet jack training is required by OSHA. Without training, it is illegal for your employees to operate any powered industrial truck.
What is the safest position for your forklift when you are carrying a load up a ramp onto a trailer?
When traveling with a load, the load should point up the incline, regardless of direction of travel. Going up the incline: Drive forward. Forks pointed upgrade.
When your lift truck has an attachment the capacity to lift the weight of a load?
The weight of the attachment reduces the lifting capacity of the truck. Tipover and falling loads. The attachment increases the load center by moving the load further away from the balance or fulcrum point.
Can forklifts push down?
Forklifts are designed to overcome forces from lifting and lowering. Everything from the drive axle to the brakes is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty when weight is applied onto the forks.