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New Forklift Designs Help Employees and Business Owners

Over time there’s been a sales increase in forklift and other large equipment. One can only assume from this data that forklift certification classes will begin filling up fast. Some employers these days are even going so far as to require all employees, regardless of whether or not you’ll be operating one, to attend a forklift certification class.  Since most bystanders are injured by the products falling onto them from a forklift, a safety training course is a good idea for everyone who will be on the job site.

Because safety on the job is an increasing concern for employers due to new regulations as well as concern for employees, companies like Crown Equipment are hard at work. This forklift maker from New Bremen, Ohio has won their seventh International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for their new, innovative forklift design.  Crown Industries is one of the world’s largest material handling companies and they offer a broad range of equipment from forklifts to fleet management technology.

Crown Equipment

Crown Industries is one of the world’s largest material handling companies and they offer a broad range of equipment from forklifts to fleet management technology.

The new design features includes a remote operating system that cuts down on operator fatigue and simplifies the steps needed to complete the work.  The forklift is also narrower and able to reach new heights and carry heavier loads of products.  It’s also capable of higher speed capacities and industry related trends were taken into consideration as Crown Industries was designing the new forklift.

Forklift certification courses can address new technologies that come with new machinery such as Crown’s equipment. It’s important for anyone considering the use of machines like the ones Crown makes to get forklift certified on the new and more technologically advanced lifts.

Toyota Material Handling Europe

A new feature that may help reduce forklift related accidents is from Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE).  TMHE now offers an infrared system for use at junctions to alert the forklift drivers and bystanders of any approaching forklift.  This helps reduce the risk of collision.

The feature, called SpotMe, was developed for use in factories to protect both workers and transported products.  The system is easy to use and requires no set up, simply adhering to the walls of the building and it is virtually maintenance free.  All that is needed for operation is a battery powered pack or you can simply plug it into the walls.

Forklift certification standards may change over time to accommodate new technologies featured on these new machines. For now, companies like Crown and Toyota will ensure machines meet current forklift safety criteria as well as offer new safety technologies when possible.

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