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The Versatility of a Forklift

Forklifts can do more than simply pick up heavy materials and move them short distances—they have a plethora of capabilities and functions that we, here at Calgrove Equipment Rentals, are going to outline for you today. With the numerous types of forklift equipment available to you, all of which have different operational controls, it is imperative that you become familiar with your equipment before you get behind the wheel—it is paramount to your success in completing your projects safely.

4 Ways to Use a Forklift

With a range in size, capacity, and attachments, forklifts can accomplish a variety of tasks, ones that go beyond their original design or intention. Here are the ways in which you can implement forklift functions into your business:

  • Indoor Warehouse Movement 

From attached to detached warehouses and distribution centers, forklifts have historically been used to load and unload supplies, transport materials, and stack products. This is the traditional use and typically these pallets, boxes, crates, drums, and industrial equipment are extremely heavy and beyond the lifting capacity of a workplace employee. That is why these systems were created—to expedite the process of stocking and moving materials while simultaneously allowing for items to be stored in high, out-of-reach places. This is typically the image you conjure when you think of forklifts and is the widespread implementation of this equipment, even today.

  • Outdoor Use

Construction sites, outdoor lumber yards, and home service/garden companies all implement forklifts for trash removal, for material movements, and for the transportation of such materials. Forklifts are designed to accommodate any terrain—from uneven flooring to side lifting—and will do so in a safe manner. Contact your local equipment rental company for more details on your specific forklift functions.

  • Alternative Transportation

Need a tool that can kill two birds with one stone? Forklift trucks can be used as aerial or bucket work lifts, platforms, or cranes. So, when your job requires the lifting of both people and materials, forklifts will be able to fulfill both needs. Considering the need for safety precautions, make sure you have the OSHA safety attachments to ensure a reduced risk for employee injury: including both safety cages and platforms. With these accessories, you will be able to use forklifts to raise and lower your employees to complete inventory maintenance and perform tasks in hard-to-reach areas. Just make sure you have the forklift manufacturer’s approval before using your equipment for double-duty, as this is required for the legal operation of your forklift in a duplicitous manner.

  • Warehouse Cleaning

Need to wet or dry sweep your warehouse? A forklift can accomplish this task with a broom attachment. Need to clear dirt piles? A plow accessory can be attached to your forklift to perform this chore! As you can see, your forklift rental can become a universal tool and can address many differing project or warehouse needs.

Safety Tips For Forklift Operation

Before getting into the driver’s seat of a forklift, you or any operating employee must ensure:

  • They are trained and certified to drive the machine.
  • They are wearing appropriate clothing such as hard hats, luminous safety vests, steel-toed shoes, eye protection, and form-fitting garments.
  • They have performed a pre-operational inspection.
  • They have charged or fueled the forklift in a well-ventilated area to ensure its stamina through the completion of a task.
  • They adhere to the lifting capacity.
  • They evenly balance, distribute, and secure their load.
  • They check their surroundings for potential obstacles and other workers.

For your forklift rental, contact the experts at Calgrove Equipment Rentals. Simply call us at (818) 805-1617, and we will ensure you rent the right equipment for your job. Don’t hesitate to get started—we are here to help you accomplish your goals with efficiency.