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Nine Forklift Products for Workplace Safety  

June 14th, 2022  | 
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the top five places people get injured in the warehouse are docks, forklifts, conveyors, materials and storage, and mechanical lifting and handling.  

A safety-first mindset can help everyone in your facility stay safe and avoid injuries. Here are nine forklift safety products designed to improve workplace safety.  

#1 Brake Lights and Headlights   

OSHA requires brake lights and headlights are used in environments “where general lighting is less than two lumens per square foot.”  

If standard lights are not bright enough, replace them with LED lights. 

#2 Blue Lights   

Blue lights aimed at the floor illuminate the front and back area of a forklift to let pedestrians and other forklift drivers know a forklift is approaching.  

#3 Strobe Lights  

Strobe lights placed at eye level warn others to stay alert.  

#4 Fork Tilt Warning Lights  

Warning lights in the cabin can alert drivers when the forks are misaligned.

#5 Seat Belts  

Seat belts keep operators secure during tip-overs, the most common type of forklift accident.  

#6 Backup Alarms  

Backup alarms should be installed and working on every piece of moving equipment in your facility.  

#7 Blind Spot Cameras  

Blind spot cameras can be beneficial to forklift operators to see around blind corners and other obstructive views. 

#8 Horns  

OSHA requires all forklift drivers to have access to “an operator-controlled horn, whistle, gong or another sound-producing device.” Horns allow them to alert others to blind corners or intersections where visibility is limited.  

#9 Operator Safety Training  

All forklift drivers must complete an operator safety training course to maintain OSHA compliance.  

Safety training teaches forklift drivers about:

  • A safety-first mindset
  • OSHA safety rules and regulations
  • Safe driving techniques
  • Safety checklists
  • And more

Our professional trainers teach a comprehensive operator safety training program with a combination of classroom and hands-on instruction. We have classes in Santa Fe Springs on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Click here to sign up.

Our expert trainers also teach Train the Trainer courses, refresher courses, and group classes at your location. Contact us to schedule a class at your facility.  

A safety-first mindset and proper forklift safety products and training can prevent accidents. Does your facility need a safety tune-up? Sign up for a complimentary safety consultation from our experienced material handling professionals.  

11 Tips to Increase Forklift Safety

June 13th, 2022  | 
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It’s no secret that forklift safety is essential for operators and pedestrians. These frightening statistics from The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show just how crucial it is:  

  • OSHA’s most recent estimates indicate that between 35,000 and 62,000 injuries occur every year involving forklifts.  
  • On average, 95 people are seriously injured in a forklift accident every day, and one person is killed in a forklift accident every four days.
  • 36% of forklift-related deaths are pedestrians.  

We hope operator and pedestrian forklift safety is high on your importance list. Read on to learn 11 tips to help improve forklift safety at your warehouse, distribution center, or facility.   

  1. Increase pedestrian awareness of forklifts. Add warning lights to increase forklift travel visibility, backup alarms to alert pedestrians to nearby forklift traffic, and floor tape to mark pedestrian walkways.  
  2. Look for forklifts with speed control features. Speed control features allow you to set the speed limits on your forklift drivers. Consider adding an aftermarket speed control kit if your forklift does not have one.  
  3. Limit forklift operators to shorter shifts. OSHA reports that forklift drivers who work 12-hour shifts are 37% more at risk of injury. 
  4. You could also add an impact manager. An impact manager records the time and day of a forklift accident and measures the size of the impact so you can investigate and implement prevention measures. It also activates an alarm that disables the forklift until a supervisor checks it out and enters a security code to regain function.   
  5. Be extremely careful when tilting a raised mast. Tilting a raised forklift mast is a common cause of forklift accidents. Toyota’s Active Mast Function Control System limits forward and rear tilt speed to help prevent forward tip-overs.  
  6. Don’t exceed the capacity of your forklift. Every forklift includes a data tag with weight limitations. Check yours to ensure you never exceed the limit.   
  7. Make sure your forklift fleet has common safety features. Check for seatbelts, welded overhead guards, manually operated horns, operator assist grips, and skid-resistant entry and exit steps. 
  8. Consider buying forklifts with advanced safety features. Toyota forklifts have advanced safety features, including its System of Active Stability, Active Mast Controls, and Automatic Forklift Levelers. These features help prevent tip-overs and other common forklift accidents. For example, Toyota’s System of Active Stability uses a cylinder to stabilize the rear axle when it detects instability, helping to keep the truck upright.   
  9. Look for forklifts ranked #1 in safety. Toyota forklifts consistently rank #1 for safety in an independent study conducted by Peerless Research Group.   
  10. Install mirrors and barriers. Mirrors allow forklift operators to see around blind spots, and walls can create a physical structure to help prevent serious injuries if an accident does occur.   
  11. Sign up for Forklift Operator Safety Training. OSHA reports that proper training can help reduce forklift accidents by up to 70%. Our three-hour forklift operator safety training includes classroom and hands-on instruction by Toyota-certified trainers. 

There are many ways to increase forklift safety, and some of them depend on your specific facility. We offer complimentary safety checkups from experienced material handling professionals. Contact us to schedule a free safety consultation at your facility today.  

Much More Than Forklifts – Material Handling Solutions

March 31st, 2021  | 
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We do more than just rent, sell and service forklifts. We are full-service suppliers of material handling and logistical solutions. Simply put, we have the equipment, people, and expertise to help you maximize productivity and improve your bottom line. You may not know all we offer, so read on to learn seven ways we can help your business beyond forklifts.   

1. Get a complimentary warehouse and pallet position analysis. 

Optimize your warehouse space with a complimentary warehouse and pallet position analysis. Our experienced team of Storage and Automated Systems professionals analyze your warehouse and provide solutions to maximize your pallet storage and productivity, and ultimately — your bottom line.  

Click here for two examples of the thorough complimentary analysis we provide to maximize the efficiency of your racking design, equipment selection, and overall operation. 

2. Get help with pallet racking and other storage and automated systems. 

Everyone wants to increase efficiency. Our experts will conduct a complimentary pallet storage analysis and help with the re-design, purchase, or installation of pallet racking and other storage and automated systems. 

3. We’re your dealer for Kärcher industrial scrubbers and sweepers. 

Keep your facility clean and sanitized with industrial scrubbers and sweepers. Kärcher is the world’s leading provider of efficient, resource-conserving cleaning systems, known for their performance, innovation, and quality. 

4. We’re your one-stop-shop for Columbia electric utility vehicles. 

Get around faster with a multi-use electric utility vehicle. Columbia has one of the most expansive electric vehicle product line-ups in the world, producing electric utility vehicles for private, commercial, and industrial use. 

We carry models that move from one to 14 people, carry up to 6,000 pounds, tow up to 14,000 pounds and travel up to 18 miles per hour. 

5. Buy or rent aerial platforms and boom lifts. 

Reach higher with an aerial platform or boom lift. We have you covered with models from AICHI and JLG. Our inventory features built-to-last scissor lifts, telehandlers, vertical mast lifts, and boom lifts that are the perfect blend of strength, versatility, and smart technology. 

Whether you want to rent or buy your aerial lift, you can count on us for quality equipment to get the job done.  

6. Design a new or existing warehouse space.  

Let our team of experienced material handling experts design the right warehouse storage and distribution system for your unique needs.   

Want more information about optimizing your warehouse with Toyota? Read our blog post that explains the process and answers the most common questions here.   

7. Get forklift safety training.  

Make sure your forklift operators are OSHA compliant. Let our experts train your operators. Our forklift training is mostly online; the short hands-on portion occurs in the parking lot of our Santa Fe Springs headquarters. 

Got questions about training? Click here to read our blog post with answers to common questions about forklift safety training. 

As you can see, our services extend far beyond simply renting, selling, and servicing forklifts. No matter what material handling need might arise, we’ve got you covered. 

Common Questions About Forklift Training

December 30th, 2019  | 
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets and enforces standards to ensure we all work in safe and healthful conditions. There are significant consequences and fines for breaking OSHA’s rules, so it’s important to know what is required to remain compliant. 

OSHA’s website is the best place for information. To help you out, here are answers to commonly asked questions about operating a forklift and forklift operator safety training.   

How old do you need to be to drive a forklift? 

You must be 18-years old to drive a forklift for non-agricultural operations. 

Do forklift operators need a valid state driver’s license? 

No. The only OSHA requirement is that operators are trained and certified to drive the specific forklift used in the workplace.  

Do forklift operators need training every year?  

No. Annual training is not needed unless there is an accident or other unsafe incident. The forklift operator receives a poor evaluation or changes to the work environment or the type of forklift used. 

How often do forklift operators need recertification? 

OSHA requires an evaluation of every forklift operator at least once every three years. 

Do forklift operators need to be trained every time they drive a new lift truck? 

It depends. If your operator is certified to drive a 3-wheel electric forklift and replace it with a newer model, they do not need recertification. However, if you add an entirely new type of forklift to your fleet, for example, an Order Picker or Reach Truck, your forklift operator needs to be trained on the new type of forklift before they use it. 

We only use small hand pallet jacks. Do our employees need to be OSHA certified to use them? 

Yes. Hand pallet jacks may look small and harmless, but any industrial truck is powerful and dangerous. 

We use golf carts to get around our facility. Do our employees need OSHA certification to drive them? 

No. OSHA does not regulate golf carts, but you need to maintain a safe workplace, including training your operators to drive a golf cart safely. We suggest you refer to the manufacturer’s operating instructions for proper use instructions.  

Do you provide forklift operator safety training? 

Yes, we do. Our program utilizes the SAFE-Lift training developed by experts at Toyota. Click here for a list of training dates at our location in Santa Fe Springs.  

We also offer Train-the-Trainer courses, refresher courses, and group classes at your location.  

What do you include in your training? 

Our three-hour forklift operator safety training includes classroom and hands-on instruction by Toyota-certified trainers. Every attendee receives a certificate, wallet-sized operator certification card, training booklets, and comprehensive testing. 

Make sure you’re OSHA compliant and that you check OSHA’s website often for the latest rules and regulations. It’s an essential factor in a workplace safety program and to protect your employees and your bottom line.   

Do you have questions we haven’t addressed? Contact us for answers!   

Why You Need a Workplace Safety Program

August 19th, 2019  | 
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Workplace safety and forklift training mean developing processes to eliminate personal injuries in the workplace. A well-thoughtout safety program includes identifying hazards, evaluating workplace safety policies, and regularly training employees. If this sounds like standard business practice to you, then you’ll probably be surprised by the results of a 2017 survey about workplace safety.  

  • 17 percent of all small business employees surveyed say they never receive workplace safety training 
  • 25 percent of micro-businesses employees (9 or fewer employees) say they haven’t received workplace safety training 
  • 40 percent of small business employees say their employer does not display OSHA signage prominently, or they are not sure if it is displayed 

These are shocking numbers considering OSHA has a list of employer responsibilities to provide a safe working environment. OSHA’s website is full of information so that any business can stay informed about OSHA compliance.  

Safety policies and programs are essential to safeguard the well-being of employees, but are there also financial and business reasons to focus on workplace safety? The answer is yes. Here are six ways a workplace safety program can help your business. 

  • Improve efficiency. Employees and forklift operators without training are inefficient, not to mention unsafe. 
  • Lower your risk of OSHA fines and penalties. Just one safety-related injury can result in penalties as high as $100,000 per incident.  
  • Reduce your risk of civil or criminal liability. If an employee gets hurt on the job, a company will most likely face a lawsuit. Even worse, it can be a crime to be negligent in health and safety requirements. 
  • Reduce worker’s compensation claims and sick days. Teach employees how to reduce repetitive actions to prevent unnecessary strain on the body. A pain-free employee is a happy and productive worker. 
  • Create safety partners. A trained forklift operator or warehouse employee will help prevent accidents. Not only will they recognize and report hazards, but they will also model optimal safety behaviors to the rest of the team. 
  • Attract and retain valued talent. Good employees won’t tolerate working for a company that doesn’t value safety. They will probably point out a safety issue, and they will probably know they have the right to refuse dangerous work.  

Need help updating your workplace safety program? Contact us for a free safety consultation and information about forklift training classes.  

Safety Protects Your Bottom Line 

August 7th, 2019  | 
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Every company has a moral and legal obligation to keep its workers safe. Many companies have an ongoing safety program, but some don’t prioritize safety. Especially when money is tight. Most of the time, these companies don’t realize that spending money on safety now could save them from headaches in the long run, or they don’t understand the actual costs of a safety-related incident.   

Ignoring a safety program isn’t worth the risk.

There are severe risks to forgoing a safety training program. It doesn’t take a major accident to cost money and cause significant issues for the entire company. Here is a list of potential problems you could face, even with a minor safety-related incident. 

  • A key employee out due to injury 
  • The cost of paying and training someone new to cover the injured employee’s position 
  • Damage to the equipment 
  • Lost production time 
  • Cost to employee morale 
  • Cost to your business reputation 
  • OSHA fines 
  • Investigation costs 
  • Legal fees 
  • Higher insurance rates 

Find out the actual costs of a workplace injury

If that list wasn’t enough to convince you of the importance of a safety program, spend a little time on OSHA’s $afety Pays tool. It will tell you exactly how much a workplace injury could cost your business. The calculator breaks down the costs of 40 types of injuries and illnesses and shows the direct and indirect costs. And to drive home the importance of safety to your bottom line, the tool also calculates the additional sales revenue you would need to generate to cover these costs. Check it out. It’s an eye-opener.   

There are resources to help you.   

We hope you see the value of a safety program and make a commitment to put safety above anything else. Here are several free resources and tips to help you stay on track:   

  • Check OSHA’s website for free publications and information. Know OSHA’s regulations and requirements and make sure you certify your forklift drivers.  
  • Develop a “safety-first” program to encourage employees to report hazards.  
  • Join an online safety group specific to your industry where you can ask questions, get help, and learn from others. 
  • Sign up for Toyota Material Handling Solutions’ forklift training classes held in Santa Fe Springs or at your location.

Don’t gamble with your future. Spend time and money on safety programs and forklift training now. Not only to protect your employees but to protect your bottom line.  

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Forklift Trip Points

May 2nd, 2019  | 
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In the material handling industry, falling or tripping can turn out to be a lot more than just an embarrassing moment in front of co-workers and friends.  Especially when forklifts are involved, it can lead to injury or, in worse cases, death.  When we get focused on a task, sometimes we neglect to pay attention to our surroundings.  Tripping hazards are all around us, so it is crucial to stay alert.  Below is a shortlist of possible trip points to look out for when working with forklifts. 

1. The steps on your forklift are used to enter and exit all day.  Depending on the design of the forklift, tripping hazards will differ.  You should always be aware of the height and location of each step.  Also, look out for changes in elevation that can cause you to lose balance or get your foot caught.  Use a 3 point stance when entering and exiting the forklift.  Always have one foot down and grip part of the forklift with each hand for balance. 

2. The accelerator, parking brake pedals, and service brakes should be kept in mind when entering and exiting a forklift.  You should know their placement, whether they are on the floor or the pendulum.  As a safety requirement, before exiting the forklift, make sure you engage the parking brake.  This ensures that the foot-operated parking brake pedals are away.

3. The floorboard will usually vary in shape, size, and material.  Always look out for changes in elevation and for abnormalities that might get your foot caught.  If the tread wears off or the floorboard is damaged, replace them before operating the forklift.  Improper installation can add more tripping hazards, so make sure everything is installed correctly before getting to work.

4. Forks and attachments like clamps or carpet poles on the front of a forklift usually create an elevation change at a low height that one can miss if not paying attention.  Always look at the ground around you when walking around a forklift. 

5. Optional equipment such as floor-mounted heaters and defrosters, audio speakers, floor stands, or mini-levers and amenity trays, can take up additional space in the compartment and can cause an operator to trip or fall if not aware of their location.  Keep in mind where the optional equipment is located and based off any obstructions that are present, use the proper side when entering and exiting the forklift. 

These general trip point tips are on and around forklifts.  Forklifts are all designed differently, so pay attention to the points that may be present based upon your specific configuration.  These points may seem obvious, but one should reinforce these principles because they can help you enhance forklift safety.

To learn more about Toyota Material Handling Solutions’ operator safety training or forklift safety tips, contact us today!

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10 Facts About Toyota Forklift Training

April 22nd, 2019  | 
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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, requires anyone who operates a forklift to undergo forklift operator safety training. Any individual must also get certified on every type of forklift that they drive.  If you’re wondering what this training entails, below are a few things you might learn.

Moving things across the country is the reason there are over 500,000 industrial truck operators working in the United States!  Most things you see around you have needed a forklift at some point or another. Forklifts keep supply chains running, and move material all over the world.  

#1: First things first: Only a trained, qualified operator should use a forklift.

#2: Entering and exiting a forklift should be treated carefully. A 3-point stance is best for both. Two hands and one foot should always be in contact with the forklift. Also, having clean hands and clean shoes will reduce your chances of slipping.

#3: A forklift is not a car.  It may not look like it, but a forklift weighs a lot more than a truck or a car. Steering is different since the steering wheel is on the back of the forklift.  With occasional uneven surfaces, a forklift operator must be aware of the differences between driving a car and operating a forklift.  They should always use safe operating practices.

#4: Due to changes in the location of a combined center of gravity, loaded forklifts are more stable than unloaded forklifts.

#5: Data plates that show changes in load capacity should be secured to a forklift. All forklifts should have an accurate data plate. A forklift operator should follow the limitations that the data plates list. This can include lifting capacities, battery size, designated areas, and more.

#6: A responsible person should be appointed by the employer to enforce safety rules and practices. They should also correct any unsafe behavior by the operator.

#7: Because not all forklifts can operate on ramps, one must always check the correct forklift manual for instructions on ramp operation.

#8: Pedestrians should be aware of an operating forklift and the environment they may share.  They play an essential part in forklift safety. They should always use designated walkways. It is their responsibility to pay attention when entering areas that forklifts are used in, such as areas where product is loaded, stored, or moved, and any areas forklifts may travel.  A pedestrian should not assume the operator has seen them and should always make eye contact with the driver.

#9: All operators must perform pre-operating inspections. Transmissions, electrical systems, brakes, engines, etc. should be checked before use and make sure everything is running properly. If anything is out of order, the forklift must be tagged and out of service.  You should make all repairs before using the forklift again.

#10: There’s a lot more to forklift operator training than merely taking a test. During Toyota Material Handling Solutions’ operator safety training program, trainees will learn about the following: OSHA laws governing forklift use and operation; pre-operational safety check; refueling procedures; industrial battery care; how to perform daily maintenance checks; and fundamentals of safe forklift driving. The 3-hour course concludes with a driver evaluation.

To learn more about Toyota Material Handling Solutions’ operator safety training classes or to sign up for training, contact us today!

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