In today’s lesson, we will be discussing reach forklifts. Reach forklifts are designed to lift and move loads in narrow aisles and confined spaces. They are commonly used in warehouses and distribution centers.
Reach forklifts are so named because they are equipped with an extendable mast that can reach up to high shelves or racks. The mast is able to move forward and retract, allowing the operator to pick up and deposit loads in tight spaces.
The following are some key features of reach forklifts:
Lift capacity: Reach forklifts are capable of lifting loads of varying weights, typically up to several tons.
Mast height: Reach forklifts are designed to reach heights of up to 30 feet or more, making them ideal for use in high-density storage areas.
Narrow aisle design: Reach forklifts are designed to operate in narrow aisles, typically between 8-10 feet wide.
Telescoping mast: The mast on a reach forklift is telescoping, allowing it to extend and retract as needed to pick up and deposit loads.
Operator comfort: Reach forklifts are designed to provide a comfortable and ergonomic workspace for the operator, including adjustable seats, controls, and foot pedals.
When operating a reach forklift, it is important to keep the following safety tips in mind:
Always conduct a pre-operation check to ensure that the forklift is in good working condition.
Wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including a hard hat, safety shoes, and a high-visibility vest.
Observe the load capacity and ensure that the load is properly centered and stable before lifting.
Maintain clear visibility by using your mirrors and horns to alert pedestrians and other workers of your presence.
Follow proper parking procedures and park in designated areas.
In summary, reach forklifts are a versatile and highly maneuverable type of forklift that are ideal for use in narrow aisles and confined spaces. By following proper safety procedures, you can help ensure safe and efficient operation of a reach forklift. Thank you for listening.
I. Introduction to Forklift Operation Certification Course
II. Types of Forklift
III. Forklift Components
IV. Pre-Operational Checks
V. Load Handling and Lifting
VI. Operating the Forklift
VII. Safety Principles and Regulations
VIII. Hazard Awareness and Avoidance
IX. Material Handling Procedures