Even in ideal weather conditions, operating a forklift can be tough. When the weather turns cold, forklift operators face an even greater set of challenges. Drivers then have to contend with extreme cold as well as pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles, which could lead to distractions and accidents. Smart and experienced forklift drivers know that part of staying safe means controlling your environment whenever possible.
Operators who are cold are more likely to be distracted than forklift drivers using their vehicles in optimal conditions. So keeping drivers warm isn’t just a comfort issue, it’s also a safety concern.
The first and simplest solution to combat the cold is to make sure your operators have appropriate cold weather clothing such jackets, coats, gloves, hats, scarves and other items that will help trap natural body heat. However, it’s important that none of these items restrict the operators range of motion or their view.
Another great option to keep your operators warm and dry this fall and winter is to install a forklift cabin enclosure. Usually made of industrial-strength plastic or vinyl, these barriers can help protect drivers from cold temperatures, bone-chilling winds, and other environmental factors that can inhibit their ability to operate the equipment safely. Be sure to choose one that features a zippered door on each side to allow for easy entry and exit from the forklift. Forklift cabin enclosures are safe, effective and easy to install and convert any forklift into a warm and safe environment for your drivers.
If you are looking for additional heating solutions, combine a cab enclosure with a quality forklift heater. When choosing a heater, look for one made of heavy-duty aluminum for lasting durability. Forklift heaters come in a variety of mounting options, as well as BTU outputs to fit your specific needs.
In addition, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when operating a forklift in adverse weather conditions.
- Be Alert
Forklift operators should always keep their eyes focused on the area of operation and keep a look out for potential hazards and pedestrians.
- Perform a Safety Check
Be sure your forklift is ready for the extreme weather by checking to make sure all of the parts and components are in working order. Vital components that are most effected by cold, wet weather are batteries, hydraulics, electrical systems and engines.
- Take It Slow
Be sure to reduce your speed to allow for appropriate maneuvering in challenging conditions such as black ice, snow and wet, slippery surfaces. Failing to do so can increase the chances of an accident.
As the leading provider of quality replacement parts and accessories for the material handling and industrial equipment industry, TVH has the solutions to keep your employees both warm and dry this fall and winter. We offer several products including cab enclosures and forklift heaters to help you protect your employees from the elements and avoid making costly mistakes.
Article written by www.tvh.com