One of Hysters main safety concerns is safety. It is the reason why they offer many pieces of optional safety equipment which could be included to either the work site or the machinery itself. Following OSHA standards, Hyster makes work and head lamps in addition to both visible and audible warning devices.
According to OSHA and ASME B56.1 regulations, the only warning device needed on a lift truck is the horn on the steering wheel, which is a standard feature on all forklifts. Even though forklifts are not required to have both audible or visible warning devices, there are a few situations where optional warning devices might be appropriate. These factors are unique to every work site or work place and each situation must be considered individually.
Back-up alarms or motion alarms are the most common safety devices. The noise made by these alarms are the main factor to take into consideration. First of all, the audible device should be able to be distinguished from other types of sounds in the work site and the sound has to be extremely loud to be heard in the work location, even if other machines could be working. The ability for employees to hear alarms and know where the noise is coming from could be compromised if workers wear hearing protection devices. If the alarms are very offensive or disruptive to workers, nearby residents, or nearby businesses, alarms may have to be disabled. If noise should be disabled, this should be able to happen readily. Rules also have to be followed to ensure that noise levels do not go beyond OSHA noise limits.
For visible safety devices, most commonly flashing, strobe or rotating lights, many points must be considered and thought must be put into whether visible safety devices might be more appropriate compared to audible devices. Presence of reflective surfaces, driver distraction and workplace lighting are all main priorities to take into consideration to ensure that safety devices are effective and do not pose a danger to drivers or other workers. Safety light colours must be different from other lights and background surfaces that are in the work site. Safety device placement are really important. Lights should be able to clear any overhead obstacles. Light positioning should not cause the lights to reflect or shine into the eyes of the operator, but shielding of the lights must not overly block the light's visibility to pedestrians.
Hyster has a variety of optional lights to suit numerous application needs such as halogen lights and weather-resistant LED that hold up through vibration and shock as well. When it comes to head lamps and work lamps, OSHA has set standards to make working at night or in dark work areas safer. Directional lighting is needed if the lighting on the truck produces less than 2 lumens per square foot. Hyster has numerous options that would really help increase visibility in low-light conditions.
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