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Hyster Container Forklift

Hyster Container Forklift

Among Hysters top safety concerns is safety. It is why they offer numerous pieces of optional safety devices that could be added to either the work site or the machine itself. Following OSHA standards, Hyster manufactures work and head lamps along with both visible and audible warning devices.

According to OSHA and ASME B56.1 regulations, the only warning device required on a forklift is the steering wheel horn, that is a basic feature on all forklifts. Though forklifts are not required to have both audible or visible warning devices, there are a few conditions where optional warning devices may be suitable. These factors are unique to each and every work site or work place and every condition has to be considered individually.

Back-up alarms or motion alarms are the most common safety devices. The noise produced by these alarms are the main thing to consider. First of all, the audible device must be able to be distinguished from other kinds of noises within the work site and the noise must be really loud to be heard in the work location, even when other types of equipment may be running. The ability for workers to hear alarms and determine where the noise is originating from could be compromised if employees are wearing hearing protection devices. If the alarms are too disruptive or offensive to employees, nearby companies, or nearby houses, alarms may need to be disabled. If sound has to be disabled, this must be able to take place readily. Rules also have to be followed to ensure that the levels of noise do not exceed OSHA noise limits.

For visible safety devices, most commonly flashing, strobe or rotating lights, numerous factors should be considered and thought must be put into whether visible safety devices might be more suitable compared to audible devices. Workplace lighting, presence of reflective surfaces, and driver distraction are all main concerns to consider to make sure that safety devices are effective and do not pose a danger to drivers or other workers. Colour of safety lights must be different from background surfaces and other lights that are within the work place. Safety device placement are really important. Lights should be able to clear any overhead obstacles. Position of lights must not cause the lights to shine or reflect into the operator's eyes, but shielding of the lights must not excessively block the light's visibility to pedestrians.

Hyster has a range of optional lights to suit many application needs such as halogen lights and weather-resistant LED which hold up through vibration and shock as well. When it comes to head lamps and work lamps, OSHA has set standards to make working in dark work spaces or at night safer. Directional lighting is needed if the forklift lighting makes less than 2 lumens per square foot. Hyster has numerous choices which will help increase visibility in low-light situations.

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