Norlift has decades of experience when it comes to forklifts. Many of the forklifts we’ve sold and serviced over the years are smaller electric lift trucks and mid sized internal combustion machines. We also offer the rest of what Toyota produces, the best forklifts available for some very specific applications – like this THD2200-24 lumber specialized truck.
For more information on this Toyota forklift, or any of the other warehouse and material handling products and solutions we offer, call 800-666-1774.
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The service department at Norlift sees a lot of forklift and construction equipment during their shifts. We maintain, service and repair a wide variety of equipment. Regularly working on gasoline, diesel, liquid propane and electric powered machines that lift, push, pull, dig, split, vacuum and carry – the knowledge base is truly diverse. Some of the more common job assignments our technicians carry out are tune ups and hydraulic system leak repairs. A very common and most easily avoidable service ticket that electric powered machinery comes in for, is battery replacement due to lack of proper maintenance and/or failure to follow proper charging procedures.
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on charging, and keeping water levels within specified limits. Using the correct charging procedures and water levels will not only let you enjoy optimum life from your batteries, it will give you better run times. Add water to the battery only after charging, using purified or distilled water. Avoid extended (especially idle) time in frozen environments, if the water in your battery freezes, it could be seriously damaged.
Many fleet owners and managers are opting for single point watering systems that save time and increase accuracy in keeping proper water levels. Other options include switching to maintenance free batteries or lithium ion batteries. When considering purchasing a battery powered machine, or when it’s time for battery replacement, contact the experts at Norlift to find the right equipment and parts for your needs.
Twisting and turning into and from awkward positions, sitting for long periods, and spending long hours on a machine with no suspension are reason enough to be sore and tired at the end of a workday. They’re also why forklift operators so often find themselves with musculoskeletal and repetitive use injuries. Lower back pain, musculoskeletal and repetitive strain injuries are some of the most common reasons for missed work and worker’s compensation claims, according to a report on OSHA’s website.
“Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are the most widespread occupational health hazard facing our Nation today. Nearly two million workers suffer work-related musculoskeletal disorders every year, and about 600,000 lose time from work as a result. Although the median number of lost workdays associated with these incidents is seven days, the most severe injuries can put people out of work for months and even permanently disable them. In addition, $1 of every $3 spent on workers’ compensation stems from insufficient ergonomic protection. The direct costs attributable to musculoskeletal disordersare $15 to $20 billion per year, with total annual costs reaching $45 to $54 billion.”
The following are some of the most common injuries forklift operators experience, and how they can be avoided.
Lower back issues from prolonged sitting, along with shock and/or vibration caused during travel
Getting on and off a forklift numerous times each shift
Musculoskeletal injuries from repetitive movements
Neck and back pain due to vibration, poor posture and shifting into an awkward position to maintain visibility
Whiplash Injuries such as headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating from abrupt stops and starts
Some of the issues described above may start as slight pain, but can turn into chronic pain, reduced movement and even the inability to work.
To prevent some of the issues above, forklift operators should: – Stretch their hands, shoulders and neck regularly: before and after each shift and during breaks – Never drive with a wallet or other bulky object in a back pocket – Position the seat so their feet can easily reach the pedals – Adjust the backrest (if possible) so it is tilted slightly backward – Slow Down! Faster speeds increase shock and vibration that can cause bad posture and fatigued muscles
Facility managers can prevent injuries by: – Keeping forklift tires in good working condition. – Fixing rough, broken floor surfaces and potholes.
– Replace the seat every three years, or use an anti-vibration seat cushion – Install a grab handle-mounted horn button, so drivers don’t have to push the horn button on the steering wheel while traveling in reverse.
When buying a new forklift, look for ergonomic features such as: – A vibration-dampening steering column – A mast designed for the best possible visibility – Angled cross braces so looking up through the overhead guard is easy without neck strain – Low step height for easy entry and exit – A small steering wheel combined with a large operator cabin – For stand-up lift trucks, look for intuitive, low force single-hand control operation and low-vibration suspended floorboards
Minor discomfort and little injuries can add up to a big expense for the forklift operator and the employer. To learn more about ergonomic options on a new forklift, or ergonomic accessories for any lift truck in your fleet, contact us online, or by phone at 800-666-1774.