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Within the distribution of goods industry, forklifts play a really important part. They could efficiently transport product through the distribution process. Then again, they must be used carefully. Improper use of forklifts could cause damage to products, injury to employees, and serious accidents causing death.

Safety
Forklifts are fairly safe as long as they are operated properly. Tens of thousands of individuals are seriously injured in forklifts accidents each year. Dozens are killed in workplace accidents which involve forklifts. The tragedy is that most of these accidents are avoidable with attention to safety and correct training.

Types of Machinery
Forklift operators should be trained on the specific kind of forklift they will be using on the job. A popular kind used within distribution centers and warehouses is the sit-down model. Other kinds of forklifts normally utilized in industry comprise narrow aisle trucks, operator up units and rough terrain units.

Operator Requirements
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for forklift operators include certification involving both practical evaluations as well as classroom study. The three-year certification is not transferable; if switching employers, operators must become recertified.

Load Capacities
1,800 kilograms to 2,200 kilograms is the load capacity of a conventional forklift. Higher load capacities up to and beyond 9,000 kilograms are available in several units. The load capacity of a forklift depends on the unit and its attachments and options.

History
Forklifts were first developed by Clark and by Yale, leading companies in the worldwide forklift business. Ever since the forklift was developed during the 1920s, it has undergone various technological changes, mostly leading to improvements in operator safety and the efficient and safe movement of product.

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