Forklift Safety Stands

Forklift Safety Stands

TopROPS Safety Stands are engineered and safer than standard forklift stands. They are constructed from light weight aluminum and are easy to handle and store.

  • Use under tires or under frame
  • Heavy duty all aluminum construction
  • Cradle design prevents rolling
  • Available in various height and weight capacities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most important safety feature on a forklift is the overhead guard. The overhead guard is a metal canopy that protects the operator from falling objects or other hazards overhead. It also helps to keep the operator inside the cab during a collision or tipping incident. The overhead guard is an essential component of forklift safety and helps to ensure that operators are protected from head injuries and other serious accidents.

The three points of a forklift refer to the three points of contact between the forklift and the ground. They are:

  1. Two front wheels: These wheels provide stability and maneuverability to the forklift, allowing it to turn and move around.
    2. Rear wheels or steer axle: This axle provides stability and support to the forklift, as well as being the pivot point for the steer wheels.
    3. Load wheels or load center: This is the point where the load is carried and is usually located between the front and rear axles.

These three points are crucial to the proper functioning and stability of the forklift. Maintaining all three points of contact with the ground helps to ensure the safety and stability of the forklift, both when loaded and when unloaded.

The four main causes of injuries when using forklifts are:

  1. Struck-by accidents: These occur when a person is hit by a moving forklift or by a load that has fallen off the forklift.
  2. Crushing accidents: These occur when a person is caught between the forklift and a stationary object.
  3. Tip-overs: This occurs when a forklift tips over, potentially causing injury to the operator or others in the immediate area.
  4. Falling loads: This occurs when a load that is being lifted by a forklift falls and
    strikes a person or object.

These types of accidents can result in serious injuries or fatalities, making it crucial for all forklift operators to be properly trained and for the equipment to be maintained and used according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

The principles of a forklift refer to the basic design and functionality of the equipment. The following are the main principles of a forklift:

  1. Counterbalance: The counterbalance principle involves using weight to balance the weight of the load being lifted. This is achieved by placing a heavy weight at the back of the forklift, which counterbalances the weight of the load being lifted.
  2. Mast: The mast is the vertical assembly that holds the load and lifts it off the ground. The mast typically consists of several sections that can be extended to increase the lift height.
  3. Forks: The forks are the two prongs that hold the load and can be adjusted to accommodate different size loads.
  4. Engine: The engine provides the power to lift and move the load. The engine can be powered by gasoline, diesel, propane, or electricity.
  5. Steering: The steering mechanism allows the operator to control the direction of the forklift. This can be achieved through a combination of turning the front wheels and using the rear wheels as a pivot point.
  6. Tires: The tires provide traction and stability to the forklift, allowing it to move and lift the load.

These principles work together to allow the forklift to lift and move heavy loads safely and efficiently.

Wheel chocks are devices used to secure vehicles, such as cars, trailers, or trucks, from moving or rolling when parked. They are used to prevent movement or sliding during maintenance or loading/unloading operations.

Wheel chocks work by being placed behind the wheels of the vehicle, creating a wedgelike barrier that prevents the wheels from turning. This helps to keep the vehicle in place, even on inclines or uneven surfaces.

Yes, wheel chocks do actually work in preventing vehicles from rolling or moving while parked. When used properly, wheel chocks can provide an effective and secure barrier between the wheels and the ground, preventing movement and ensuring stability.

Wheel chocks should be used whenever a parked vehicle is being loaded, unloaded, or serviced to prevent it from rolling or moving.

The number of wheel chocks you need will depend on the type of vehicle being used and the specific circumstances of the parking or loading situation.
For lighter vehicles, such as passenger cars or small trailers, two-wheel chocks may be sufficient. However, for larger and heavier vehicles, such as commercial trucks or semitrailers, it is recommended to use four-wheel chocks, two for each axle, to ensure
maximum stability and safety.