In this post we have compiled the top 5 forklift videos you’ll actually enjoy watching. They cover a number of very important topics for forklift operators such as how to operate a forklift, how solid tires are made, safety practices, pre-shift inspections, and battery tips. If you or your business uses forklifts, then these videos will be of interest to you. At Wayco, we specialize in everything related to forklifts. Let us Show You How to Work Safely. Contact Wayco’s Experienced Trainers Today!
Top 5 Forklift Videos You’ll Actually Enjoy Watching
1. How To Operate / Drive a Forklift
Learning to drive a forklift takes time and patience. If you have never driven a forklift before, this video will certainly help! See things from an operator’s point of view and learn how to operate a counterbalance forklift. Operating any type of forklift requires skill and training in order to limit damage and injury incidents. Properly operating a forklift requires not only a understanding of the forklift itself but the environment as well.
Did you know that the front wheels on a Counterbalance are the pivot points for turning and the rear wheels are turning wheels? The rear end swings out when turning, so you need to always look to make sure you won’t hit anything. Remember to do your pre-inspection check before starting your forklift. Look around the vehicle for any damage or malfunction that might prevent the forklift from operating as it is intended. Also familiarize yourself with all controls and meter readings. This can be done by reading the operator’s manual.
The video teaches forklift operators how to operate safely and efficiently with an emphasis on restricted view, rear-wheel steering, stability, negotiating tight turns, and moving around obstacles. Because there is so much to think about, to remember and put into practice, it’s easy to forget something: something simple, but something ultimately very important.
2. How It’s Made: Solid Tires
Ever wonder how a forklift tire is made? The tire manufacturing process might seem complicated – but this video has made it easy to understand.
A tire is a strong, flexible rubber casing attached to the rim of a wheel. Solid tires are designed for off road conditions like those found on construction site, land fill sites and mining operations. Tires provide a gripping surface for traction and serve as a cushion for the wheels of a moving vehicle. Many industries are full of hazards that would flatten ordinary air tires. Solid tires do not buckle and just keep on turning even if there are a dozen nails in them.
Solid tires can be manufactured several ways. Liquid rubber is poured into a mold and dries hard around the metal wheel. During another process recycled material is placed on a rolling metal wheel collecting layers of rubber as it moves. Recycled material which is stiffer than regular rubber helps the tire hold its shape in the absence of a metal frame work. The tires are then installed on the forklift with a press machine. Strong and dependable, these tires are ideal for heavy work and because there is no inner tube, you never have to worry about a flat.
Discovery / Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” Solid Tires episode TRR56
3. Forklift Hitting Pedestrians Video Safety Alert
Safety is always paramount when forklifts and people are operating in the same space. If you work with forklifts, keep your people safe. More than 50% of forklift fatalities and serious injuries involve pedestrians. It is also interesting to note that half the pedestrians killed are crushed by a forklift that is barely moving. It’s not just the worker using the forklift who can be injured, the pedestrian can be struck by a forklift or its load.
Simple, safe practices include:
- separating workers and forklifts with barriers
- separating through scheduling
- using speed limit devices
- marking pedestrian areas
- using reverse devices
To stop accidents from happening at your workplace be aware of the many safety products and procedures to protect pedestrians from accidents. What should you do? Don’t wait until there is an injury or death at your workplace before developing a safe system of work to control risks.
Work safe! Home safe!
4. Forklift Training: OSHA Pre-Shift Inspection
How important is a daily forklift inspection? An operator should inspect the forklift truck every day before using it or before each shift. This takes only a few minutes before each shift and will more than pay for itself over time with reduced maintenance costs, accidents and product/facility damage. Remember! A vehicle in need of repair, defective or in any way unsafe, should not be driven and should be taken out of service immediately. Any problems should be recorded on the appropriate documents and reported to a supervisor.
If you do not have a pre-operational checklist for your forklifts established, do not worry—we provide pre-inspection checklist booklets. Daily, pre-shift inspection of powered industrial trucks is required by OSHA standards. This video discusses pre-operation and operational inspections that operators should perform to ensure that forklifts will operate safely. It also includes some checks to identify damage, prevent accidents and to ensure the forklift is safe to use.
Once you have completed the initial check (Before Starting The Forklift) you’re not done just yet. It’s extremely important to go through a few safety tests when initially starting your forklift, as you would rather find out the faults and problems prior to putting the forklift in use.When forklift drivers fail to check that the forklift is operating properly before their shift, accidents are more likely to happen.
5. Forklift Battery Tips: Proper Watering Techniques
The most common question asked is how to check your water in your electric forklift battery. The number one cause of low battery life is improper watering. The more you charge your battery the more frequently you need to check your battery.
Forklift battery maintenance is important to your business. What you don’t know about maintenance could cost you in the future in terms of safety, cost, and the life of your forklift. It is extremely important to ensure the person watering the forklift batteries is wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), which typically includes protective gloves, a protective apron, and eye protection.
You can add water to batteries two basic ways :
(1) Adding water directly into individual cells by water guns or nozzle.
(2) Using a battery watering system. The watering system is designed to speed up the watering process. Batteries should be taken to the appropriate stable and level surface area with adequate ventilation, and absence of spark or flame-producing items for maintenance.
Following these few basic steps mentioned in this video will increase the life of your battery and ensure a powerful charge every time. No matter which process you use, it is always good to conduct a good visual inspection of the battery every time you water it. Watering isn’t the only maintenance that is required for industrial batteries, and planned maintenance and washes are important ways to maintain your batteries as well.
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