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Hyster Container Forklift

Hyster Container Forklift

One of Hysters top safety concerns is safety. It is why they provide numerous pieces of optional safety equipment that could be included to either the work site or the machine itself. Following OSHA standards, Hyster manufactures work and head lamps in addition to both audible and visible warning devices.

The only warning device needed on the lift truck according to OSHA and ASME B56.1 regulations is the steering wheel horn. The horn is standard on all types of forklifts. Though forklifts are not required to have both audible or visible warning devices, there are a few situations where optional warning devices might be suitable. These factors are unique to each work place or work site and each situation should be considered individually.

Motion alarms or back-up alarms are the most common safety devices. The noise produced by these alarms are the main factor to take into consideration. First of all, the audible device has to be distinguished from other noises within the work place and the noise should be loud enough to be heard in the work location, even if other kinds of equipment could be operating. The ability for workers to hear alarms and know where the sound is originating from can be compromised if employees wear hearing protection devices. If the alarms are very offensive or disruptive to workers, nearby companies, or nearby residents, alarms might have to be disabled. If noise must be disabled, this must be able to take place readily. Rules must also be followed to ensure that the levels of noise do not go beyond OSHA noise limitations.

Visible safety devices may consist of the common rotating, flashing or strobe lights. Factors to consider with visible safety devices include whether or not these devices might be more suitable compared to audible devices. Driver distraction, workplace lighting and presence of reflective surfaces are all top priorities to consider to make sure that safety devices do not pose a danger to operators or other workers and are effective. Colour of safety lights must be different from other lights and background surfaces which are in the work place. Placement of safety devices are extremely important. Lights should be able to clear any overhead obstacles. Light positioning should not cause the lights to shine or reflect into the eyes of the driver, but shielding of the lights must not overly obstruct the light's visibility to pedestrians.

Hyster has a variety of optional lights to meet many application requirements such as weather-resistant LED and halogen lights which hold up through shock and vibration as well. As for work lamps and head lamps, OSHA has set standards to make working at night or in dark work spaces much safer. Directional lighting is needed if the lift truck lighting makes less than 2 lumens per square foot. Hyster has a lot of options that would truly help increase visibility in low-light conditions.

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