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2018 Guide to Forklift Inspection

According to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) you are required by law to carry out a regular forklift inspection on all of your powered lifting devices. Following the guidelines below will help you to ensure compliance with the law. If you require a competent person to carry out a forklift inspection for you, contact the professionals at Wayco.

 

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Employers are responsible to make sure regular inspections take place

 

 

What Are The Inspectors Looking For During a Forklift Inspection?

There are two main categories that a forklift inspection will cover: the forklift’s load-handling capacity and its general safety and maintenance.

Load-Handling Capacity

The load-handling capacity inspection will determine whether or not a lifting device is capable of handling its maximum rated load.

General Safety Inspection and Maintenance

The government does not give specific, detailed requirements for the general safety and maintenance of powered lift trucks. Instead, they give a very general statement that an employer must make sure that “any equipment is maintained in good condition.” They also state that a lifting device needs to be “constructed and equipped in a way to adequately ensure the safety of all workers.

The sections listed in the following checklists should all be examined during a forklift inspection. Items not on the list may also be inspected. the examination should be carried out according to the truck manufacturer’s specifications. For a more detailed checklist, click here.

 

 

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The inspection should be carried out according to the truck manufacturer’s specifications

 

Load-Handling Capacity

Checklist A: The Load-Handling Device
1. Manufacturer’s Specification Plates
2. Forks
3. Attachments
4. Movement

Checklist B: The Elevating Section
1. Lift Chains
2. Mast
3. Hydraulic System
4. Welds and Fasteners

Checklist C: The Propulsion System
1. Brakes
2. Tires
3. Battery
4. Counterweight

 

General Safety Inspection and Maintenance

Checklist D: The General Safety of the Powered Lift Truck
1. Transmission
2. Tires
3. Steering
4. Overhead Guard
5. Propane Equipment
6. Other

 

The following video produced by the Ontario Ministry of Labour outlines what a government inspector is looking for in one of their inspections.

 

 

 

Who Is Responsible to Make Sure the Inspections Take Place?

It is the employer’s responsibility, as the owner of the forklift, to make sure that periodic examinations of the lifting device takes place. As an employer, you should establish procedures that cover the regular inspection and repair of lift trucks in your workplace and make sure that they are carried out.

 

How Often Do You Need to Perform a Forklift Inspection?

 

Initial Inspections

The Load-handling capacity of a lifting device needs to be inspected by a “competent” person, before it is used “for the first time” and at least annually after that. “For the first time” means that any new equipment that you purchase must be examined before you use it to make sure that its lifting capacity is what the manufacturer says it is.

Purchased New & Used Lift Trucks: Please note that the responsibility lies with the purchaser (or employer) and not the seller to ensure that this inspection takes place. This is because a forklift dealer could potentially make modifications to the equipment and thereby alter the manufacturer’s specifications invalid. The inspection must also be carried out after the purchase of used vehicles as well.

Leased Lift Trucks: The company supplying the leased lift truck, however, has the responsibility of inspecting it before the first use. The ongoing inspections are the responsibility of the user of the vehicle.

 

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The purchaser of a lifting device must make sure it is inspected before its first use

 

On-going Inspections

Clause 51(1)(b) states that after the initial inspection, your lift truck should be examined “as often as necessary but not less frequently than recommended by the manufacturer and in any case at least once a year.” If you have your vehicle examined after every 2,000 hours of use, you will generally meet this requirement. If your vehicle, however, is used more often than 12 months of single shifts, or if it is operated in severe environmental conditions such as extremely hot or corrosive environments, then the inspections should happen more often.

 

What Type of Machines Need to Be Inspected?

According to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), a powered lift truck is defined as “a mobile, power-propelled, self-loading truck equipped with a load carriage and attachments for lifting, transporting and stacking material“. The OHSA requires all such lifting devices to be inspected. Forklift trucks, cranes, hoists, lifts, elevating platforms are some examples of lifting devices. Lifting devices are widely used in many different workplaces for various purposed, from lifting a worker to lowering a load of skids. Lifting devices can cause serious worker injury or even death so it is very important that they comply with the legislation that will protect the safety of your employees and your business.

 

Reach Forklift

All powered lifting devices such as forklift trucks, cranes, hoists, lifts,  and elevating platforms need to be inspected

 

Who Performs the Inspection?

A forklift inspection which will determine whether or not the forklift has the proper lifting capacity needs to be performed by a “competent” person. The OHSA requires a “competent” person to have “knowledge, training, and experience to organize the work and its performance” The following knowledge and skills for maintenance technicians and truck operators, should qualify you to carry out these inspections:

  • Having a knowledge of the personal safety practices required to carry out routine and periodic inspections of lift trucks currently in use;
  • Having a familiarity with the terms used by the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Guideline, of the documents mentioned in the Guideline, as well as industry terminology;
  • Being able to understand lift truck manuals, manufacturer’s specifications, drawings, and their parts lists;
  • Knowing the purpose and function of all the devices, accessories, and components usually found on powered lift trucks and being able to inspect them to determine whether or not they are working properly;
  • Having a working knowledge of electrical and electronic control circuit principles
  • Having a working knowledge of mechanical principles of structures, machines, mechanisms, etc.
  • Having, where applicable, a working knowledge of pneumatic principles

Note: You could usually acquire these qualifications after 5 years of experience in field service work.

 

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A forklift inspection needs to be performed by a “competent” person

 

 

Why Wayco Is the Best Choice for Forklift Inspections

At Wayco we have competent people on staff who are qualified to perform the annual lifting device inspection for you as required by the Ministry of Labour. During our full vehicle inspection, we will carefully examine all of the sections required to make sure that your devices are running properly and safely. Once your vehicles have been thoroughly inspected and found to be in proper working order, we can certify your equipment for you. You should keep this safety documentation organized and readily available for when a government inspector shows up. Contact Wayco today to schedule your lifting equipment inspection.

 

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Contact Wayco For the Best Forklift Training Available

Wayco’s intense and comprehensive forklift safety training program will provide you and your employees with the best safety training at the best price. We offer national coverage and local service with a 98% pass rate. We can train individuals or groups at our facility or yours – you choose.

Our Safe Operation of a Lift Truck/Forklift Program is an excellent way for you to ensure forklift safety in your workplace. With our training you will experience:

  • Innovative training practices
  • Affordable pricing
  • Flexible and professional trainers
  • Comprehensive in-class and practical experience

Contact Wayco today to book your next session.

 

 

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If you are looking for top quality forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

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3 Most Important Elements of Forklift Safety

Forklift safety is an important issue that needs to be addressed in every workplace that uses lifting devices. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) statistics, about 85 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries occur each year, with 42% of those fatalities resulting from the driver being crushed by the vehicle tipping over. According to WSIB, workers have also suffered critical injuries such as broken limbs, cracked ribs and head injuries as a result of falling off a lift truck. Read on to discover the 3 most important elements of forklift safety, including proper training, proper equipment maintenance, and work environment awareness. If you require proper forklift safety training for your workers, contact Wayco today.

 

 

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Proper training is key to forklift safety

 

1. Proper and Comprehensive Forklift Safety Training

Proper training of all forklift operators is not only a good safety practice but is also required by law. OHSA  mandates that all powered industrial truck operators be properly trained and certified by their organizations.

 

a) Types of Training Required

Every employer is required to design and put into place a training program that includes:

  • Safe lift truck operation training
  • Specialized training on the operation of the particular type of vehicle used in the workplace
  • General safety requirements as outlined in the OHSA standard.

Proper training should take the form of both formal and practical training. Formal training could include in-classroom lectures and videos while the practical training would involve demonstration and hands-on practice.

The OHSA lists all of the training topics that must be covered in the training, however, you can skip those topics that are not relevant to your particular working situation.

 

forklift safety training

Training should consist of both classroom and practical components

 

b) When Training Should Occur

Before a New Employee Begins Work:

Before an employee is allowed to operate a lift truck, an employer must evaluate and determine whether or not they are competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely. Even if the operator has previous experience using forklifts, they still need to be properly trained on the types of vehicles used at your worksite as each piece of equipment and each worksite is different.

At Least Once Every 3 Years:

Employers are responsible to make sure that their forklift operators are trained and evaluated at least once every three years.

 

c) Who Should Administer the Training

Training must be led by a qualified trainer. There are reputable forklift training companies who will either come to your premises to perform the training for your employees or, if you prefer, you can send your operators to their facilities to have the training done.

 

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Make sure your forklift training is led by a qualified trainer

 

d) Best Safety Practices

The following are a list of best safety practices that you should learn and put into practice in order to operate a forklift safely.

  • Always perform a pre-shift inspection before you begin operating your vehicle.
  • Always make sure that your load is properly and safely arranged on the forks.
  • When moving your lift truck keep your load lifted just above the pavement with your forks tilted back just enough to stabilize your load.
  • Keep your speed slow enough that you can stop safely within your stability triangle.
  • If you are travelling on an incline, keep your load facing uphill not downhill.
  • Slow down when you are driving on slippery surfaces and when you are making turns.
  • Try to drive on clear surfaces that are free from debris, ruts, or holes.
  • Use your horn when you come to an intersection or whenever your visibility is blocked.

 

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Pre-shift inspections should always be done before operating your lift truck

 

2. Properly Maintained Lift Equipment

Making sure that your lift equipment has been properly maintained and is in good working condition goes a long way toward ensuring forklift safety.

One of the initiatives that the Ontario government is taking as part of the province’s Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy is that inspectors will check that employers that use lift-trucks and other lifting devices will have them examined for their load capacity and verify that they have been maintained in good condition. These initiatives were put in place in order to raise awareness of workplace hazards and promote compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The following are some of the hazards that safety inspectors look for when they are conducting their forklift safety inspections:

  • Are the tires in good condition?
  • Is the seat in good condition?
  • Is the mast in good condition?
  • Are the forks cracked or bent?
  • Has the forklift had its annual inspection to make sure that it is capable of lifting the rated load of capacity?
  • Is there a working fire extinguisher readily available?
  • Is there a working seatbelt?

The following video produced by the Ontario Ministry of Labour further outlines what is involved in one of their inspections.

 

 

3. Work Environment Awareness

The workplace environment itself can also affect your safety. The type of facility that you work in and the condition of your surroundings can present hazards for forklift operators.

Retail Settings: If you are working in a retail environment, you will find it more difficult to maintain pedestrian safety as customers may not pay attention to warning signs and inadvertently wander off their designated paths.

Debris: Loose objects left on a warehouse floor can cause you to lose control of your steering.

Wet, Oily, or Icy Surfaces: These types of surfaces should always be avoided and should be cleaned up as soon as they are detected.

Soft Dirt: If you are operating a lift truck outside, you should be aware that your wheels may sink on a soft dirt surface which could cause your elevated load to destabilize.

Loading Docks: Loading docks can be a hazard to lift operators. Many accidents occur when a truck is mistakenly driven off the edge of the dock or by the dock itself collapsing. The following video shows a forklift falling off a loading dock.

 

 

Contact Wayco for the Best Forklift Training Available

Wayco’s intense and comprehensive forklift safety training program will provide you and your employees with the best safety training at the best price. We offer national coverage and local service with a 98% pass rate. We can train individuals or groups at our facility or yours – you choose.

Our Safe Operation of a Lift Truck/Forklift Program is an excellent way for you to ensure forklift safety in your workplace. With our training you will experience:

  • Innovative training practices
  • Affordable pricing
  • Flexible and professional trainers
  • Comprehensive in-class and practical experience

Contact Wayco today to book your next session.

 

 

“Exceptional quality and service. Left the training class with more than I expected. Looking forward to being a repeat customer. “ – Kevin Brown

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If you are looking for top quality forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

 

 

 

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When is Your Komatsu Forklift Ready to Retire?

Your Komatsu forklift is built to last, but there comes a point with every vehicle, no matter how well it is made, when you need to decide whether or not to retire and replace it. Read on to help you determine when your Komatsu forklift is ready to retire.  If you are wanting to trade in your Komatsu forklift, but are not in a position to purchase a new one, contact Wayco today and ask us about our rental option.

 

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When is Your Komatsu Forklift Ready to Retire?

To give you a better idea as to whether or not your Komatsu forklift is ready to retire, we’ve prepared ten detailed questions that you can ask in order to make your decision easier.

 

1. How Many Hours Has Your Komatsu Forklift Logged?

A forklift is similar to any other vehicle in that the mileage is a good indicator as to how much life it has left. Just as a car with a very high mileage is getting close to its retirement age, a forklift that has logged a large number of hours is closer to retiring than one with fewer hours logged. On average, a lift truck engine will last anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 hours, with some lasting even longer.

 

 

2. Is Your Engine Electric or Internal Combustion (IC)?

In general, an electric forklift will be able to run more total hours than one that has an internal combustion engine. Electrically powered forklifts have fewer moving parts than IC engines. They don’t have pistons and crankshafts like internal combustion engines. Instead, they simply have a rotor that spins within a stator supported by a bearing. The electric engines require less maintenance and they usually last longer.

 

Electric Komatsu Forklift

An electric forklift like this Electric Komatsu Forklift will generally last longer.

 

3. Under What Type of Operating Conditions Have You Been Using Your Forklift?

The conditions in which a forklift is used also plays a big part in how long it will last. A forklift that is operated indoors in a clean, dry environment, for example, will last much longer than one that is used outside, exposed to extreme heat and cold, or those that are used to carry dirty loads that can clog up and damage its parts.

 

4. What Tasks Has Your Forklift Been Doing?

The type of tasks that your forklift has been assigned to will also play a role in how long it lasts. If your truck carries heavy loads over multiple shifts then it will not last as long as one that carries lighter loads for single shifts.

 

5. Has Your Forklift Been Regularly Maintained?

Regular maintenance plays a key part in the lifespan of all forklifts, including Komatsu forklifts. If you have followed a properly planned maintenance program for your truck then it is going to last longer and run more efficiently.

 

Komatsu forklift

Keeping your Komatsu Forklift well maintained will increase its lifespan.

 

6. Is Your Forklift Costing You Too Much to Maintain?

If you have purchased your forklift, then you may be tempted to keep it running as long as possible to “get your money’s worth”. However, this is not always the most cost-effective approach. It is important to pay attention to the maintenance costs of your truck. There will come a point when the cost to keep your vehicle running is much more than the value of hanging onto it.

 

7. Has Your Forklift Had More than 4 Work Orders for Maintenance in the Last 12 Months?

Newer forklifts will have predictable and relatively low maintenance costs. As a truck ages, those costs, which include both parts and labour, become more frequent and more expensive as components such as transmissions, engines, electronics, and drive motors begin to fail. Brian Markison, senior manager, national accounts for UniCarriers Americas Corp., suggests “looking at how many work orders (other than preventative maintenance) have been opened on the truck in a 12-month rolling period. If there have been more than four, the truck bears watching and may be a candidate for replacement.

 

8. Are You Spending More than 10% of Purchase Price on Maintenance?

According to Michael McKean, manager of fleet sales and marketing for Toyota Material Handling U.S.A Inc.,  “If you’re spending more than 10 percent of the truck’s purchase price year after year on maintenance, then it’s no longer economical and it’s probably time to retire the vehicle.

 

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If maintenance is too high, it’s time to retire your forklift.

 

9. Has Your Forklift Become Less Productive?

If your truck is not as productive as it was, then it could be an indication that it is time for you to retire it. Some of the things to watch for that indicate less productivity are:

  • Excessive downtime due to repairs
  • Operators are unable to drive and handle their loads quickly due to poor ergonomics
  • Operators need to slow their pace down because of inadequate safety features on the vehicle
  • The truck is being used for a job that it wasn’t designed to do and therefore is inefficient in performing it

 

10. What Is Your Forklift’s “Book Value” Compared to Its Trade-In Value?

You may find that your accounting department would want you to keep your forklift until it has fully depreciated. This doesn’t always make the most financial sense. As a lift truck gets older, its trade-in value decreases considerably and is much lower than its “book value.” At the same time, its maintenance costs are also rising. There comes a point when it isn’t worth it financially to keep your forklift.

 

Cushion Pneumatic Forklift

Keeping your truck until it fully depreciated may not be your best choice financially.

 

Take a Look at Your Options

1. Purchasing a New Forklift

If you have the capital, you may wish to look at purchasing a brand new forklift. The great advantage of buying new is that you will also be able to have the peace of mind of getting a warranty to go along with it. There a numerous different makes and models available so if you are unsure about which forklift is the best for your particular needs, ask a professional for advice.

 

2. Purchasing a Used Forklift

If you are on a tighter budget and don’t want to spend the money required to purchase a brand new forklift, you might want to consider buying a used one instead. Used forklifts cost less, however, you need to be careful that you are purchasing from a trusted dealer so that you get the best vehicle for the price you pay.

 

Pre-Owned Used Pneumatic Forklift Komatsu

Purchasing used makes sense when you ‘re on a budget.

 

3. Renting a Forklift

A great option when you don’t have the immediate capital to purchase a new forklift is to rent one. Wayco’s rental program can offer you:

  • Either short or long rentals
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly contracts
  • Competitive rates
  • Various sizes and weight capacities to choose from (3,000 to 80,000 lbs)
  • A Rent-to-Own program
  • Hassle-free maintenance

Contact us today to find out more about renting the indoor or outdoor forklift equipment you need.

 

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Wayco: For a High Quality Komatsu Forklift You Can Trust and Afford

If you are looking for a top quality Komatsu forklift, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and concerns.

If you or your staff require forklift training, we can even provide top-notch safety training. Contact Wayco today to talk to our friendly staff and book an appointment.

“We purchased a used fork lift from Wayco in January. It was extremely clean and in excellent condition when it was delivered. We have also had incredible ongoing service from the professionals at Wayco. Overall dealing with them has been an excellent experience.” – Don’s Trailer Service

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Assessing the 4 types of Bishamon Forklifts

For nearly 30 years Bishamon Forklifts have been leading the way in forklift innovation, providing high quality, ergonomic products that enhance worker safety and productivity. Read on to find out the advantages of Bishamon forklifts, including their lift tables, pallet handling, mobile handling, and skid lifts. If you are looking for a quality forklift, we can help. Wayco Multi-Lift is Southwestern Ontario’s Bishamon dealer. Contact us today and we will help you determine which of the Bishamon Forklifts is the best model for your particular needs.

 

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4 Categories of Bishamon Forklifts

Bishamon manufactures 4 different classes of forklifts. They include:

  • Lift Tables
  • Pallet Handling
  • Mobile Handling
  • Skid Lifts

 

 

1. Lift Tables

A lift table is a platform deck that uses a scissor mechanism to lift or lower goods. They are usually used to raise and place large, heavy loads a fairly small distance.

 

Advantages of a Lift Table

  • Loading & Unloading: Lift tables are a class of forklift that is great for loading and unloading products in a warehouse setting. The scissor lift mechanism can be adjusted to either stay low to place items on a truck or raise items to be stored in a hard-to-reach location.
  • Transporting Goods: If you need to transport goods to another part of your warehouse and then store them at great heights, a lift table is especially useful, especially if the items are heavy.
  • Increased Productivity & Reduction of Worker Strain: Lift tables will help you get rid of unproductive lifting, bending, and stretching that will eventually lead to worker fatigue and injury.

 

Types of Bishamon Lift Tables

 

Bishamon lift tables

 

Optimus LK Series: The Optimus LK is a series of electric-hydraulic scissor lift tables that have lifting capacities from 2000 to 5000 lbs.

Lo-Profile LX Series: Lo-Profile LX Series are electric-hydraulic scissor lift tables with a collapsed height as low a 2.9 inches.

CompacLift X Series: The CompacLift X Series are small, compact scissor lift tables with low capacities in various power methods.

EZ UP EZU Series: The EZ UP EZU Series are pneumatic, air powered, scissor lift tables.

MobiLift BX Series: MobiLift BX is a series of mobile scissor lift tables that have a manual foot pump. They have premium casters and push handle for easy mobility. Their load capacity is from 330 to 1760 lbs.

MobiLift BXB Series: The MobiLift BXB series are battery powered mobile scissor lift tables with load capacities from 330 to 1760 lbs. They come in double scissor and stainless steel models.

 

2. Pallet Handling

A pallet is a flat wooden or metal platform that is used to store goods so that they can be moved or lifted with a forklift. A pallet has both a top and bottom deck which gives it more stability than a skid, which doesn’t have a bottom deck. There are different types of pallet handling equipment. They include pallet trucks and pallet positioners.

 

 

Pallet Trucks

A pallet truck is the most basic type of forklift. It is designed to move and lift pallets.

Advantages of Pallet Trucks

Pallet Trucks:

  • Work well in warehouse environments
  • Allow an individual to perform a task of moving product that would normally require multiple people
  • Save time and effort by doing the heavy lifting for you

 

 

Pallet Positioners

Pallet positioners help you handle, lift, and rotate pallets more effectively and ergonomically.

Advantages of Pallet Positioners:

Pallet Positioners:

  • Allow you to handle, lift, and rotate pallet loads with a minimum amount of bending, reaching, stretching, or walking around
  • Reduce injuries
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase work speed

 

Types of Bishamon Pallet Handling Equipment

 

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Lift Pilot: The Lift Pilot is a leading-edge product that allows optimal space saving and ergonomic working for a better and safer work environment. It can lift pallets up to 2,500 lbs with a load center of 24″ to a maximum height of almost 38″. The operator can select fork lengths of 42 or 48 inches and fork lowered heights of 3.6″ to 4.6″. You can extend or retract the forks in a mere 5 seconds. During extension and retraction, all lift and lower controls are disabled to ensure safe handling.

EZ Loader EZ: EZ Loader EZ is a self-levelling automatic pallet positioner. Its new advanced design allows capacity adjustment without changing air pressure.

EZ Off Lifter: EZ Off Lifter is a lift with a turntable that can be loaded or unloaded with a pallet truck.

EZ X Loader: The EX X Loader is Bishamon’s new economy automatic pallet positioner with a self-levelling automatic pallet positioner.

Unilift: The Unilift is a positioner that can be used as both a pallet truck and lift a closed bottom pallet to work height. It can easily handle standard pallets, CHEP pallets, and skids up to 2000 lbs without straddling.

Blue Label BS Series BS-25 / BS-65: Blue Label is a hand pallet truck with superior design and reliability. It has capacities from 2500 lbs to 6500 lbs.

 

 

3. Mobile Handling

Mobile handling refers to lift tables, pallet trucks, and skid lifts that are designed with heavy-duty wheels, allowing them to be easily moved wherever you need them.

Advantages of Mobile Handling

Mobile Handling Equipment:

  • Allows you to easily move and position loads
  • Ergonomically designed for greater comfort and safety

 

Types of Bishamon Mobile Handling Equipment

 

Bishamon mobile handling

 

MobiLift BX Series: MobiLift BX is a series of mobile scissor lift tables that have a manual foot pump. They have premium casters and push handle for easy mobility. Their load capacity is from 330 to 1760 lbs.

MobiLift BXB Series: The MobiLift BXB series are battery powered mobile scissor lift tables with load capacities from 330 to 1760 lbs. They come in double scissor and stainless steel models.

MobiLift BXS Series: The MobiLift BXS Series features a removable pendant push button control and convenient foot lever pump. Their load capacity is from 330 to 1760 lbs.

Unilift: The Unilift is a positioner that can be used as both a pallet truck and lift a closed bottom pallet to work height. It can easily handle standard pallets, CHEP pallets, and skids up to 2000 lbs without straddling.

SKIDLIFT LV Series: The SKIDLIFT LV Series are manual foot pump lifts that can be used for both skids and open bottom pallets. It can accommodate loads of up to 2200 lbs and has premium wheels and push handle for easy mobility.

SKIDLIFT LVE Series: SKIDLIFT LVE Series are battery operated lifts for skids and open bottom pallets. Their load capacity is also up to 2200 lbs and their unique captured scissor design provides enhanced stability.

 

 

4. Skid Lifts

Skid lifts are specially designed to easily move, load, or unload skids by raising the top of the load to a convenient working height.

Advantages of Skid Lifts

Skid Lifts:

  • Allow you to handle, lift, and rotate skids with a minimal amount of bending, reaching, stretching, or walking around
  • Reduce injuries
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase work speed

 

Types of Bishamon Skid Lifts

 

Bishamon skid lifts

 

SKIDLIFT LVE Series: SKIDLIFT LVE Series are battery operated lifts for skids and open bottom pallets. Their load capacity is also up to 2200 lbs and their unique captured scissor design provides enhanced stability.

SKIDLIFT LV Series: The SKIDLIFT LV Series are manual foot pump lifts that can be used for both skids and open bottom pallets. They can accommodate loads of up to 2200 lbs and have premium wheels and push handle for easy mobility.

Lift Pilot: The Lift Pilot is a leading-edge product that allows optimal space saving and ergonomic working for a better and safer work environment. It can lift pallets up to 2,500 lbs with a load center of 24″ to a maximum height of almost 38″. The operator can select fork lengths of 42 or 48 inches and fork lowered heights of 3.6″ to 4.6″. You can extend or retract the forks in a mere 5 seconds. During extension and retraction, all lift and lower controls are disabled to ensure safe handling.

The following video demonstrates the amazing capabilities of the lift pilot by Bishamon.

 

Wayco: Your Trusted Bishamon Forklift Dealer in Southwestern Ontario

If you are looking for top quality Bishamon forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

“Our company shopped around for the most competitively priced lift equipment repairs and rental services in the KW region and found Waco Multi Lift Inc. Their repair rates were lower than the other companies out there and the service is prompt and professional for our in house lift trucks. With one phone call a tech arrives within a couple hours. We are also renting a 3 year old lift truck from them in new condition, they found just the right truck for our needs. Their repair techs are knowledgeable and friendly and get the job done no matter what the problem is. Just want to thank Steve P, Chris and Rob for their help the past few months for keeping our production and shipping rolling.”

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Stärke Forklifts: 3 Things You Need to Know

Stärke forklifts are manufactured by a Canadian company that understands the struggles dealers face on a day-to-day basis and recognizes the need for a different approach and a new business model. Keep reading to discover three things you need to know about this company and the products available. If you are in the market for a forklift, but are not sure which type will best suit your particular requirements, contact the forklift experts at Wayco today.

 

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A Brief History of Stärke Forklifts

Stärke Material Handling Group is a wholly Canadian owned and operated company that is certainly very familiar with the materials handling industry. The company’s roots date back to a family-owned dealership established in the Niagara Region during the 1930’s. After years serving as a Canadian master distributor for other offshore brands, the Stärke brand was established in 2010 as a way to introduce small-to-medium-sized forklift and lift equipment dealerships to a revenue stream previously restricted to larger dealerships in the materials handling industry, according to company president Ted Lucas.

Here’s an excerpt from the company’s origin story:

“Unlike many other material handling equipment brands, our company has a simple origin, beginning in 1939 as a small service-oriented shop in Southern Ontario, Canada.  For decades, our first and foremost concern was servicing and maintaining lift equipment with an emphasis on quality, service and safety above all else.  Yet as the industry changed around us we adapted to the new reality of globalization as the manufacturing industry slowly dwindled around us.

“After years of receiving little for our efforts, we decided that the only way to achieve these goals was to branch out on our own and create a brand for dealers, by dealers.  Using our experience representing other brands, we created the Stärke brand around a cooperative business model designed to succeed where the others failed.”

Stärke forklifts are constructed based on a corporate philosophy that guides the overall business model, strategy, direction, customer service and product design, all of which factor into the company’s core values: 

  • High quality equipment
  • Common sense innovations
  • Robust selection of in-demand material handling equipment
  • Strong dealer support systems
  • Providing industry-leading equipment warranties

 

Types of Stärke Forklifts

Stärke offers a selection of internal combustion counterbalance forklifts for most work environments including warehousing, manufacturing, agricultural, and retail applications. Their Professional Series of forklifts provide unmatched operator comfort, ergonomics, performance, and quality. Stärke forklifts fall under four main types, all of which come in a range of models and with different capabilities: Internal combustion forklifts, stackers, electric narrow aisle forklifts, and electric pallet trucks. 

Here’s a look at some of the designs. Click on each for more information:

Stärke Cushion Forklift                    Stärke Electric Forklift

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Stärke Pneumatic Forklift                   Stärke Stacker, Reacher, Order Picker

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Stärke Utility Vehicle                                      Stärke Walkie Rider Pallets

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The LiftMaxx line of Manual & Electric Stackers, Reach Trucks, Order Pickers and Walkie Rider Pallets are designed for maximum maneuverability, optimized visibility, maximum performance, and ease of service. Each is built for years of trouble-free use. Additionally, Stärke forklifts provide high quality and durable equipment for even the most challenging applications. Their counterbalanced electric forklifts offer an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution with zero emission, low energy consumption models. As an environmentally friendly material handling solution, Stärke’s Energy Series features a range of electric forklifts ideal for indoor work environments.

 

The Stärke Forklifts Advantage

For this, we will look specifically at the MXA line of electric pallet trucks.

According to Justin Engel from the Stärke Material Handling Group, “the MXA line of pallet trucks utilizes a tiller handle that’s mounted onto the top of the unit to maximize operator comfort and maneuverability without sacrificing durability.” This setup provides an ergonomic pivot point, allowing operators to handle the unit without bending down, thereby reducing lower back strain and improving operator comfort.

Additionally, “the top mounted tiller handle also reduces the amount of energy required to maneuver the unit as the tiller handle rotates directly above the drive wheel instead of revolving around the circumference of the drive motor.” 

Next, the MXA line of electric pallet trucks features Stärke’s advanced Continuous Stability System instead of the bilateral fixed stops found on most of the competition; “When contrasted with the fixed supports used by the competition, Stärke’s Continuous Stability System dramatically increases load and unit stability, leading to improved safety and reduced product damage.”

The MXA line was designed with dual roller wheels to provide greater load stability and improved durability in comparison to single roller wheel units.  This dual roller wheel setup offers improved front-end stability when moving a load by doubling the contact area at the front of the unit.  This also reduces the amount of strain placed on a given roller wheel, thereby reducing the rate of wear.

In short, Stärke forklifts are made in Canada, and emphasize design durability and toughness in all of their equipment, and this remains true for the MXA line of electric pallet trucks, which are built for extensive use in industrial applications.

Wayco: For High Quality Stärke Forklifts in Kitchener

“Our company shopped around for the most competitively priced lift equipment repairs and rental services in the KW region and found Waco Multi Lift Inc. Their repair rates were lower than the other companies out there and the service is prompt and professional for our in house lift trucks. With one phone call a tech arrives within a couple hours. We are also renting a 3 year old lift truck from them in new condition, they found just the right truck for our needs. Their repair Techs are knowledgeable and friendly and get the job done no matter what the problem is. Just want to thank Steve P, Chris and Rob for their help the past few months for keeping our production and shipping rolling.”
– Canadian Bake Inn
 
 

If you are in the market for top quality, Canadian-made Stärke forklifts with longer run times and lower total operating costs, contact Wayco. At Wayco, we sell the best forklifts you can buy, including Stärke. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications.

We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. 

Contact Wayco today for all of your Stärke forklift needs.

 

Sources:
https://www.starkeforklift.com/2017/01/17/a-step-above-the-competition-the-mxa-line-of-electric-pallet-trucks/

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A Handy Guide for Used Toyota Forklifts

New and used Toyota forklifts are widely seen as the best in the business. In this article, we will outline what you need to know before purchasing the latter, beginning with a brief history of the company all the way to adding one to meet your business needs. If you are in the market for a forklift but are not sure which type will best suit your particular requirements, contact the forklift experts at Wayco today – and don’t forget about the training needed to operate this machinery.

 

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1. Used Toyota Forklifts – Assess Your Needs

New or used, buying a Toyota forklift is a big investment that can provide a large return for your business. The right forklift can help you save money, increase productivity, and decrease your overall downtime. The wrong forklift, however, can become a detriment. Here are some things to expect as you go to buy a forklift.

Before looking to buy, it’s important to assess your requirements by asking the following questions:

  • How high do you need to lift?
  • Where will the forklift primarily be used – indoors or outdoors?
  • How wide are the aisles and doors?
  • How many hours will the forklift be in use per day?
  • What kind of tires will you need?
  • Are there any specific options or accessories you will need?
  • Do you have properly trained operators? This is an OSHA requirement.

The hours per day is key when considering buying used, as the general rule of thumb is if you think you’ll run a forklift more than four hours a day, consider purchasing a new forklift. 

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2. Discover the Advantages of Buying Used Toyota Forklifts

There are two clear advantages to purchasing a used forklift made specifically by Toyota: Acquiring a high-quality product and paying a reduced price. If you have the means, your business will want to make an investment in brand-new equipment for your employees. There are, however, situations where it’s either unnecessary or cost-prohibitive to make that kind of splashy purchase, and well within reason to look for a used product instead. Often, buying used Toyota forklifts proves to be a cheaper option that reaps great rewards – not only will you save money, but you’re getting a great product.

Toyota products are famous for great durability and value retention, meaning you know you’ll be getting a forklift that will last despite having been previously deployed by another company.

Still, there are precautions you want to take before making this decision.

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3.  Do Your Due Diligence

As with any purchase, there are a few things you should really pay attention to when buying used. Here’s a handy checklist, with the pertinent points listed below:

  1. Inspect cosmetic evidence: Looking at the wear on the body of the forklift can tell you a lot about how it has been cared for and how it has been used. If the body is significantly damaged, the internal parts probably have some damage too, so buyer beware. Buyers should also specifically look for: 
    • Fluid Leakage: If you see fluid leaking from any part of the forklift, you should be concerned. Leaking fluid is a red flag that something may be wrong with the forklift. Performance can potentially suffer and additional damage can be incurred. 
    • Smoking or Slow Starting Engine: Again, these are warning signs that the forklift likely has some internal issues. It could be as simple as needing a tune-up or something much more involved.
  2. Inspect a potential purchase: Even after looking at the cosmetic evidence, get a qualified technician to do a deep dive; they’ll see things that a less educated eye may miss.
  3. Ask questions: It’s good to inquire as to how and where the forklift has been used in the past. Whoever is selling the used forklift should be willing to let you look at the condition of anything they are selling and give it a test drive. If the sales person seems uncomfortable with you checking out the forklift, walk away from the deal. Always ask for maintenance records.
  4. Ensure equipment capabilities: Make sure you know exactly what you want to use your forklift for and whether or not the one you’re looking at fits your needs. Do not settle for specifications that are not matched to the scope of your equipment needs.

Contact Wayco Multi-lift if you have any questions about what to look for in used Toyota forklifts, and click here for a printout.

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4. Avoid These Mistakes

Above and beyond the aforementioned checklist, potential buyers will want to avoid making the following errors.

  • Not taking the test drive: Few would purchase a used car without taking it for a test drive, and a forklift deserves the same treatment. If you are not an operator yourself, have one of your trained employees who knows your operation take the forklift for a spin. This would be a good opportunity to see if those who will be driving it are comfortable behind the wheel of this particular machine. Make sure the forklift is running smoothly, and all of the functions are still operational.
  • Purchasing a model that you can no longer get parts for: Always contact a local forklift expert, such as  Wayco, and make sure the product you are purchasing is still being manufactured.  If it isn’t, repairs could end up being more difficult. The lift truck professionals at Wayco work with all makes and models of lifting devices and they can let you know about the availability of parts for any model. Not only can they offer you the best advice on which used forklift to buy, but they also sell the area’s best selection of quality used forklifts.
  • Overlooking small issues: If the forklift appears to have been previously improperly maintained, don’t take the chance; it’s not worth acquiring equipment that will require heavy repairs or restorations in the not too distant future. For example, if it takes a couple tries to start the engine up, you may need to ask a few more questions: What was the main usage? How many hours was it in daily operation? What’s the heaviest amount it has ever lifted? Even if you think a small problem can be solved with a quick fix, you may want to pass it up; there is a chance that the cost of repairs could be greater than you expected.

Pre-Owned Used Cushion Forklift Toyota

 

5. Know the History

Toyota established its first forklift dealership and sold its first forklift in the United States back in 1967, and over the years, Toyota has continued to evolve its lift truck product line. In 1990, Toyota started producing lift trucks in Columbus, Indiana, at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM).

Here’s a brief timeline, per Wikipedia.

YearDevelopment
1956Toyota’s first lift truck model – the LA 1-ton lift truck – is unveiled in Japan.
1967Toyota sells its first lift truck in the United States.
1990Toyota begins lift truck production at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing in Columbus, Indiana.
2000Toyota becomes the first American lift truck manufacturer to offer AC powered technology.
2002Toyota becomes the #1 selling lift truck company in America.
2008Toyota becomes the sole American distributor of AICHI scissor lifts, wheeled and crawler boom lifts.
2010Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing wins Top Plant in the U.S.

 

There are a total of 70 dealers and 220 Toyota lift truck dealership locations in the U.S.A. and Canada, offering new and used Toyota forklifts, Toyota Genuine Parts, Starlift all-make Parts, rentals, service, and training. Over the years, Toyota products have become famous for great durability and value retention.

 

 

Trust Wayco For High Quality Used Toyota Forklifts in Kitchener

If you are in the market for a top quality used Toyota forklifts with longer run times and lower total operating costs, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

“Our company shopped around for the most competitively priced lift equipment repairs and rental services in the KW region and found Waco Multi Lift Inc. Their repair rates were lower than the other companies out there and the service is prompt and professional for our in house lift trucks. With one phone call a tech arrives within a couple hours. We are also renting a 3 year old lift truck from them in new condition, they found just the right truck for our needs. Their repair Techs are knowledgeable and friendly and get the job done no matter what the problem is. Just want to thank Steve P, Chris and Rob for their help the past few months for keeping our production and shipping rolling.”

Read more testimonials here.

 

Sources:
https://www.toyotaforklift.com/blog/what-to-look-for-when-buying-a-used-forklift
https://www.toyotaforklift.com/resource-library/material-handling-solutions/finance/first-time-forklift-buyers-a-guide-to-buying-the-best-forklift

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The Ultimate Forklift Guide Ontario

 

 

A forklift can be an essential part of most construction or industrial workplaces. It is important however to know  how to properly use, operate, and maintain them so that they are operated efficiently, effectively and safely. This ultimate forklift guide is designed to help you understand the legislation surrounding forklifts, know how to safely operate and maintain them, what training is required and how to make your warehouse or workspace forklift friendly. If you have further questions, or are in the market to purchase a new or pre-owned forklift, contact the forklift professionals at Wayco.

 

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The Ultimate Forklift Guide – Contents

Click on the links below to go immediately to the section of the guide that you want, or start at the beginning and work your way through to the end.

1. Forklift Legislation
2. Key Elements for a Health and Safety Program for Forklifts
3. Forklift Hazards – Safety
4. Worker Training
5. Management and Supervisor Responsibility
6. Safe Operating Procedures
7. Maintenance
8. Facility Design
9. Preventing Accidents

 

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1. Forklift Legislation

You must make sure that if you own, rent or borrow a vehicle for work purposes, it is safe for use and fit for the purpose for which it is intended. The law requires that workplaces are maintained in a condition that is safe and without risk to safety and health. Employers also have a duty to take every precaution to protect their workers.

Employers and employees must comply with all Ontario legislation rules and laws that pertain to lifting devices such as forklifts. Proper information, training, and inspections must be carried out to use the equipment in a safe manner and as per the manufacturer’s instructions. In Ontario, no worker shall operate a lifting device, mobile equipment, vehicle or powered machine, tool or equipment, unless he or she is competent to do so. As a competent operator you must also be aware of the legislation that applies to the use of lift trucks. 

All three ministry sector regulations (Mining and Mining Plants, Construction Projects, and Industrial Establishments) have provisions that deal with forklifts. By far the greatest numbers are covered by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act ) Industrial Establishments Reg 851. 

1.1 Lifting Device – Clause 51(1)(a) of Regulation 851 requires a lifting device to be constructed and equipped in a way to adequately ensure the safety of all workers. These provisions should be interpreted as requiring the regular inspection and maintenance of powered lift trucks to ensure their safety. The regular inspection should cover the points listed in Appendix IV

1.2 Employers – Clause 25(2)(h) is the most general duty of all, requiring an employer to “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker”. Subsections 51(1) and (2) of Regulation 851 are more specific, with provisions that apply to a “lifting device”, defined as, a device that is used to raise or lower any material or object and includes its rails and other supports but does not include a device to which the Elevating Devices Act applies. This definition clearly applies to powered lift trucks and should be interpreted broadly as including not just the elevating section of a truck but the entire vehicle.

1.3 Employees – The examination to determine lifting capacity [clause 51(1)(b)] is to be carried out by a “competent person”. To be competent, this person must be able to ensure that a powered lift truck is capable of lifting its maximum rated load. The training and experience required to be considered a competent person for the purpose of clause 51(1)(b) is outlined in Section 4 of this Guideline.

 

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2. Key Elements of a Health and Safety Program for Forklifts

A wide variety of accidents are caused by collisions, shifting loads, tip-overs from lack of an effective safety programs. Workplaces need to keep safety in mind and provide workers and supervisors with adequate training, as well as a safe powered lift truck. The development and implementation of these programs  are the first steps towards improving a safe work environment.

Better training for forklift operators is the way, because as a forklift operator you are responsible for accidents. An effective solution is the forklift operator and supervisors should be trained in a powered lift truck safety program that includes the following elements:

  • hazard identification
  • training (of both truck operators and those working near lift trucks)
  • supervision
  • operating procedures
  • maintenance and repair procedures
  • facility design
  • lift truck selection criteria.

Your employer is responsible for the implementation of these programs and it is more effective if all workplace employees are involved. Your health and safety committee, where there is one, is involved in the development of rules, monitoring lift truck safety improvements and preventing injuries by identifying the causes of accidents and near misses. 

 

3. Forklift Hazards – Safety

Forklift hazards and control measures are important to consider in order to achieve a safe workplace. A hazard is a condition, practice or substance that has the potential for causing loss, injury, or harm to life, health or property.  As an operator you are responsible for recognizing hazards and hazardous situations during the operation of a lift truck. It is essential that you recognize hazards during the planning of your lift, and that you identify required controls. A hazard can be categorized as a health or safety hazard.

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Clause 25(2)(d) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires an employer to make a worker aware of any hazards in the workplace. An employer must identify all hazards associated with the lift truck and must take measures and procedures to prevent accidents. Identification processes should involve both workers and supervisors and include the following steps:

  • Step 1: Identify the ways in which a worker who operates or works around a powered lift truck could be harmed or injured, taking into consideration the equipment that will be used, the jobs to be done and the workplace environment.
  • Step 2: Prepare a written report that mentions all the potential sources of harm or injury identified in step one above. This report can be used to inform workers about the hazards in their work (as required by clause 25(2)(d) of the OHSA).
  • Step 3: Periodically review the hazard assessment in case there is a significant change in how the work is carried out and make appropriate changes to the written report if necessary.

If you as a worker have any concerns that your workplace does not have enough expertise, advice should be sought from your health and safety committee or other safety specialists. Please feel free to contact our safety specialist if you need further advice.

 

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4. Worker Training

OHSA Clause 25(2)(a) places an obligation on an employer to provide information, instruction, and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker. A lifting device can only be operated by a competent person, therefore training must be provided to gain knowledge and experience. They require both knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace and experience to organize the work and its performance.  Through training an operator should learn:

  • the fundamentals of powered lift trucks
  • how environmental conditions affect lift truck performance
  • basic lift truck operating skills
  • the rules and practices for safe lift truck operation.

Your training should include practice sessions on load handling, maneuvering, traveling, stopping, and starting and it should be carried out by a qualified trainer. In addition to forklift operator training, the employer is also responsible for workers who work in the vicinity of lift truck. There are other worker training courses that can provide a safer workplace for workers such as pedestrian awareness, WHMIS, Propane exchange handling, lockout tagout and battery training.

 

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5. Management and Supervisor Responsibility

Each year, thousands of injuries that occur during forklift usage are caused by lack of training or supervision. One of the best ways to avoid injury, is for the employer to ensure all their workers who use, supervise, or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate and up to date training. Many supervisors or managers have never driven a forklift themselves, so it can be difficult for them to fully understand and be aware of the specific issues that operators face. Supervisors are not required to undergo operator training, but it would be wise to take the course making it easier to identify good or bad practices.

OHSA Clause 25(2)(c) states that an employer must appoint a competent person as a supervisor. This means someone who, through training and experience, knows the hazards of the lift truck that is being used, the load being handled and the environment the truck is being used in. Identifying unsafe acts and conditions and implementing corrective measures must be identified by a competent supervisor.  It is everyone’s duty to identify all hazardous situations and report or correct them immediately.

A typical managers’ and supervisors’ course will cover the following topics:

  • Identify the importance of the supervisor’s role
  • Discuss the duties and responsibilities of the employer, worker, and supervisor
  • Discuss the role of the health and safety representative and the Joint Health and Safety Committee member
  • Recognize the importance of working as a team
  • Identify how the supervisor fits into the Internal Responsibility System
  • Explain the role of the WSIB and Ministry of Labour
  • Support the rights of workers
  • Explain how to recognize, assess, control, and evaluate hazards
  • Handle health and safety concerns
  • Recognize how to obtain health and safety assistance
  • Identify health and safety resources
  • Motivate employees to work safely

Expectations placed on supervisors should always be high to ensure the proper safety precautions are being taken in the workplace. Their role is to monitor and ensure standards are maintained.

 

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6. Safe Operating Procedures

Employers now have a tool for ensuring safe lift truck operation procedures, Canadian Standards Association CSA B335-15 Safety standard for lift trucks which includes operator training, qualifications for trainers,work loads, workplace design, safety education and maintenance and inspection. The purpose of this standard is to promote lift truck safety and minimize the risk of injury to all workers.This Standard can also be used as a guide for Canadian federal, provincial, and other regulatory bodies in the development and promulgation of appropriate health and safety legislation and directives concerning lift trucks. This Standard also outlines recommended qualifications for trainers and maintenance technicians.

Workers, Operators, Supervisors, and managers need to recognize hazards associated with the equipment and the environment they are used in because forklift accidents are preventable and unacceptable.

Key essential elements of a lift truck safety program consist of:

  • Explaining competency requirements
  • Identifying hazards
  • Discussing stability principles
  • Performing pre-operational checks
  • Following safe operating procedures
  • Identifying different fuel sources and hazards associated with them

Safety awareness, comprehensive knowledge, and decision-making skills that ultimately result in improved safety and productivity are all essential for operating industrial trucks. A serious workplace injury or death changes lives forever – for families, friends, communities, and coworkers too

 

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7. Maintenance

The employer is responsible, as owner of the equipment, to ensure periodic examination of powered lift trucks to confirm their safety and load-handling capability are carried out as outlined in the  Occupational Health and Safety Act OHSA, Regulation 851 and the MOL Ministry of Labour. The way to fulfill this responsibility is to establish procedures for the regular inspection and repair of lift trucks at the workplace.

To catch most of the issues before they become a safety hazard can be done with a regular maintenance schedule and a daily pre-shift inspection. There is still a possibility that some issues go unnoticed, that is why the OHSA mandates that every forklift undergo an annual safety inspection, no matter the usage and/or maintenance schedule. A thorough inspection must be performed by a competent forklift mechanic Section 51(1)(b) of Regulation 851 . Under more strenuous conditions like a workplace with 2 or 3 shifts or workplaces with harsh environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures or corrosive environments, it is suggested that an inspection be done more frequently.

A pre-shift operator inspection should be done by a competent operator who knows not only how to operate the particular class of truck but be aware of hazards associated with the truck clause 51(2)(a) of Regulation 851).

A “competent” operator should understand:

  • the sections of the OHSA and regulations applicable to the work
  • the hazards associated with the work, including the principles of operation and features of the lift truck, workplace conditions and environment, and activities that pose actual or potential dangers to health and safety in the workplace
  • the manufacturer’s specifications as they relate to the safe operation and load handling for the class or type of truck that is to be operated
  • the workplace-specific procedures and practices that have been established for ensuring worker safety.

A permanent record detailing the inspection must be kept on file. For assistance with your forklift inspections, service or planned maintenance, contact Wayco Multi-Lift Inc today!

 

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8. Facility Designs

A good workplace design plays a big role in reducing workplace stress or  injuries, whether it is a construction, logistics, retail or industrial site.  A well-organized and fully functional workplace layout creates a safer place for forklift operators and for the pedestrians. You may think it costs a lot of time and money, but you don’t need a major overhaul, you simply can maximize what you already have. It’s all about changing the way people work. These are just a few ideas to help managers design and operate their warehouses at higher levels of safety and efficiency.

  • Create designated pedestrian lanes with marking signs, barriers and railings
  • Corners can be blind spots; make sure they are well lit, install mirrors and safety warning signs
  • Aisles should be clear of obstructions and appropriately marked wherever mechanical handling equipment is used.
  • Coordinating sign colors & shapes, just like traffic signs, will also help workers and guests easily understand the risks
  • Make sure all equipment has its own clearly marked location, including forklift truck parking & battery charging stations.
  • Large receiving area so you can perform safely and efficiently.
  • Be sure racking is installed properly to guard against collisions or damage
  • Control the speed the forklift can travel with speed limit signs

A better warehouse layout will mean a safer work environment. One of the best ways to keep pedestrians safe is proper planning when it comes to facility layout. Be sure to train workers and operators to respect and abide by signage and traffic markings. By maximizing your warehouse layout for pedestrian safety and providing training for both operators and non-operators, you help prevent this disaster from occurring. No matter what your storage and operations requirements are, it’s important to ensure that your warehouse design is MOL compliant.

 

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9. Preventing Accidents

When most people think of workplace accidents, they often automatically associate them with high-risk industries, such as construction or manufacturing. But the truth is that workplace injuries are the direct result of not following safety precautions. Workers and employers may not pay as close attention as they should because they are in a rush to compete deadlines. Don’t take shortcuts; put workplace safety at the forefront. The best way to protect your employees and help prevent accident and injuries in your workplace is to take a complete approach to workplace safety. Through this whole blog we have discussed what steps and roles every worker needs to take to reduce and prevent accidents. Below are a few more general safety suggestions to successfully prevent accidents in the workplace:

  • Put formal safety policies and procedures in place
  • Put someone in charge of safety in your company
  • Communicate your expectations for a safe work environment
  • Inspect your facility and equipment regularly with your supervisor

  • Schedule regular training for all scenarios that pose a risk for accidents
  • Create incident reports after each workplace accident

The best way to reduce accidents in the workplace is to be prepared and be proactive with prevention. The main purpose of the OHSA is to protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job. If you believe at any time your work is unsafe or dangerous you have the right to refuse work. You should advise your supervisor and stay in a safe place until the issue is resolved. As an employer to be proactive in preventing accidents, you should ensure everyone feels comfortable bringing safety hazards to their supervisor’s attention. The more feed back you get, the more preventive steps can be taken to stop unnecessary accidents.

Open and respectful communication is a key weapon in accident prevention. It’s impossible to prevent accidents completely but if you reduce hazards as much as possible and train employees about the risks, they you have gone a long way toward prevention!

 

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Wayco: Your Forklift Training and Safety Experts

If you require forklift training for yourself or your staff, contact WaycoAt Wayco we can advise you on all safety requirements for forklift operation and provide you with the training that you need. Our knowledgeable staff will be  be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

 

Google Review ~ Exceptional quality and service. Left the training class with more than I expected. Looking forward to being a repeat customer. ~ Kevin Brown

 

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Komatsu Forklifts: 3 Things You Need to Know

Komatsu Forklifts

 

Komatsu forklifts have gained a well-earned reputation as one of the best forklifts for design innovation and manufacturing excellence. Komatsu produces one of the highest quality lift trucks you can find. If you are in the market for a forklift, but are not sure which type will best suit your particular requirements, contact the forklift experts at Wayco today.

 

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1. A Brief History of Komatsu Forklifts

Komatsu ForkliftsKomatsu was established in 1921. It was named after the Japanese city of  “Komatsu” which translates into English as “little pine tree.” According to a legend, monk-emperor Kazan planted a pine sapling and the area where it grew came to be called “sono no komatsubara” (small-pine field with gardens).  Since then this name has been shorted to “Komatsu”. The first symbol chosen to represent Komatsu was small pine tree. The pine tree remained their symbol until the late nineteen-nineties when the company made a major change and adopted the current lettering: a unique variation of the letter “T”. 

 

Komatsu symbol

Today the new logo reflects the Komatsu image of reliability, stability and strength. Its vivid blue design and colour symbolizes a bold corporate character and demonstrates that Komatsu Forklifts is a leader in technological innovation.

 

In the 1960’s in the United States, Komatsu started marketing its products and by 1970 a North American operation was established with a fresh vision for the industry. Their goal was to be more than just a supplier, but to become a trusted partner that could provide ongoing support for every customer. Today, Komatsu America is the second-largest, fully-integrated manufacturer and supplier of forklift equipment in North America with a reputation for reliability that’s second to none.

Komatsu builds many units in the United States and has established a network of manufacturing plants and parts. Komatsu manufactures more than forklifts. Their product line includes intelligent machine control, hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway trucks, and motor graders

 

2. Types of Komatsu Forklifts

By using the know-how gained from years of experience in the production of industrial vehicles and the latest technology, Komatsu markets a variety of lift trucks, including small to large-sized engine-powered lift trucks, battery-powered lift trucks, and HST drive lift trucks. With this wide selection of vehicles, Komatsu can meet your diversified needs. 

 

CUSHION

BX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift BX50

IC Cushion Komatsu Forklift 
4,000lbs / 5,000lbs / 6,000lbs / 6,500lbs Capacity
LPG Power Type

The BX50 series is the heart of the Komatsu line. Whether you require a forklift that is able to be extremely agile and flexible and has cushion tires for working indoors or you require a more powerful, pneumatic model for outdoor applications, the BX50 will certainly be able to meet your needs. The BX50 has superior performance capabilities that can help to reduce operator fatigue, minimize operating costs, improve your working environment, and boost your bottom line.

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PNEUMATIC

 

AX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift AX50

 

IC Pneumatic Komatsu Forklift 
3,000lbs / 3,500lbs  Capacity
LPG Power Type

Komatsu’s AX50 has a great design covering even the smallest detail. Komatsu has drawn on it 80 years of engineering expertise to make this model one that delivers improved performance and unmatched strength for even your most demanding jobs. It uses advanced Clean Air Technology in order to bring emissions to well below regulations. This will give you and your employees a much more pleasant and productive working environment.

 

 

CX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift CX50

 

 

FH Series

Komatsu Forklift FH series

IC Pneumatic Komatsu Forklift 
8,000lbs / 9,000lbs / 10,000lbs / 11,000lbs Capacity
Diesel Power Type

The FH series with its hydrostatic drive system, standard wet disc brakes, and Closed-center Load Sensing Hydraulic System (CLSS) will give you lower maintenance and operation costs. This diesel power hydrostatic drive family gets its durability and lower costs from its field proven components and rugged design. It can lower your cost of operation in a number of demanding, high-cycle operation.

 

DX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift DX50

 

IC Pneumatic Komatsu Forklift 
15,400lbs / 18,000lbs Capacity
Diesel Power Type

If you are looking for a lift truck with a rugged and dependable life cycle cost benefit then consider Komatsu’s DX50 with its diesel engine, drive-train adn wet disc brake system. It also comes equipped with a full suspension seat and dual-floating structure to give your operators a comfortable ride. With this model you should use less fuel and have lower total operating costs because of its unique Open-center Load Moderating Hydraulic System (OLMS).

 

 

EX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift EX50

 

IC Pneumatic Komatsu Forklift 
22,000lbs / 25,000lbs  / 30,000lbs  / 35,000lbs Capacity
Diesel Power Type

The EX50 engine is designed with all of the know-how and expert design construction that Komatsu is famous for. It will give you better fuel efficiency, maximum productivity and you will enjoy lower operating costs. Even in the toughest of work environments, its wet disc brake system will provide you with increased durability and performance. It has excellent visibility, superb driver comfort and it’s easy to operate. All these features are there to ensure greater productivity and efficiency.

 

ELECTRIC RIDERS

 

 

AM50 Series

Komatsu Forklift AE50

 

 

Electric Riders 48 volt
3,000lbs / 3,500lbs  / 4,000lbs Capacity
Cushion / Pneumatic Tire 

If you are looking for significant total operating cost reductions, consider Komatsu’s electric counterbalanced forklifts. These models are designed to improve truck performance and productivity. The AE50 and AM50 Series of three and four-wheel electric cushion and pneumatic tire forklifts truly demonstrate Komatsu’s commitment to giving you what you need while conserving the environment and reducing your total cost of ownership.

 

BBX50 Series

 

Komatsu Forklift BBX50

 

Electric Riders 36/48 volt
4,000lbs / 5,000lbs  / 6,000lbs / 6,500lbs Capacity
Cushion 

Komatsu’s BBX50 has an extended model range and optional packages to meet your business’s particular needs. If you are looking for more power, control, capacity and run time while reducing emissions and maintenance costs, take  a look at the BBX50. This machine will accelerate your productivity from Total AC power traction and hydraulic systems. No matter how many loads you have to move, you can trust a Komatsu truck to get the job done.

 

FR50 Series

 

Komatsu forklift FR series

 

 

Narrow Aisle 36 volt
3,000lbs / 3,500lbs  / 4,500lbs Capacity
Single / Double Reach 

If you need a lift truck to maneuver in narrow aisles, then the FR Series is a great choice. Its new and innovative engineering will give you  smooth and efficient control of critical truck functions while also providing the extended run times and improved truck efficiencies to make your job easier. It is designed with a heavy-duty mast and pantograph mechanism which makes it able to handle the toughest work cycles possible.

 

3. How Komatsu Forklifts Stack up Against the Competition

When it comes to forklifts, Komatsu forklifts are “Better than the Best!” This is because they:

  • Are Designed Better: Komatsu forklifts are designed using heavy equipment expertise to provide durable and dependable performance throughout their lifetime.
  • Have Lower Costs of Operation: They provide their customers with greater value through lower costs of operation, day-after-day. 
  • Are Committed to Quality and Reliability: By upholding “Quality and Reliability” as the most important management policy, Komatsu is resolutely committed to providing safe, innovative products and services that best meet the needs and expectations of its customers around the world.
  • Are Built Better: At Komatsu Forklift their trucks are built better, are made to last, and they feature excellent ergonomic features.
  • Are Backed Better: They also back them better than the competition by offering Advantage Extended Coverage. Komatsu has always held their customer’s satisfaction as top priority. 

For a more in-depth look into how Komatsu forklifts compare to the competition, check out our article “Komatsu Forklift vs Competition.

Wayco: For High Quality Komatsu Forklifts in Kitchener

If you are in the market for a top quality forklift with longer run times and lower total operating costs, contact WaycoAt Wayco we sell the best forklifts you can buy including Komatsu. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

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