A platform for your new or used forklift can prove to be a valuable asset. It can provide a level of safety for anyone that may have to work underneath the equipment as it moves cargo as well as added safety for the driver. If you have a specific project that requires a platform, be sure to check that it's compatible with your equipment. Most companies will find a standard issue platform is more economical than one that is custom made and fitted.
Platforms That Slip On
One of the most popular styles of platforms used is the slip-on work platform. This product utilizes a pin system so the driver simply drives onto the platform and it locks into place. The lift stand will have a safety screen on the back to protect the driver and the remaining three sides will have rails to help stabilize cargo as it's transported. Employees will still be required to use all safety equipment as usual, but the skid proof decking will be easier to work on and the railings will have tie off points to secure the cargo. Both a new and used forklift can be equipped with these lift stands and are easy to drive onto the machine and lock into place. They work great for cargo that has to be moved into a difficult space.
Similar in many ways, yet unique in properties, are stock pickers. These also mount on a used or new forklift similar to other platforms. This type of platform is similar to the slip-on work platform in the fact it has railings on three sides, but the guard screen is located on the front. These will also have a smaller base with the main purpose being simply to lift materials.
Industrial Lift Stand
Unlike the stock picker style of platform, the industrial lift stand has a safety screen in the back of the platform for protection of the driver should cargo slip in that direction. The standard three-sided rail with tie downs is also used in this design. The industrial lift stand is easy to access as it too allows you to drive onto it and lock the platform into place with a pin system. Some models will offer a gate system that opens through the front railing for added safety.
Working At Tall Heights
In many situations, employees have projects that require them work at taller heights, increasing the chance of accident or injury. A combination platform can often provide an added level of safety in this type of situation. The combination platform has a larger section at the base that is surrounded by a railing with a smaller section secured by a security screen. This allows employees to work with little concern that cargo will be sliding into them if the driver happens to jerk the forklift or if the base is tipped in any way.
Added Accessories For Great Efficiency
A new or used forklift can be made safer and more efficient with the addition of a platform, but you don't have to stop there. The rails are ideal places to mount small toolboxes and trays that will hold your portable equipment that employees may be required to use in their job. Larger supplies, such as pipes, may use taller racks with their own guardrails as a solution to prevent these materials from falling and injuring workers that may be below the work stand.
With a new or used forklift, Illinois businesses and others around the county can become more efficient and safer with the selection of platform. Be sure to investigate which style of platform works best with your equipment and the type of projects you normally work with. Be sure each platform is rated for the right weight limit and has the features that are most beneficial to you.
Christine O'Kelly is an author for RHI Lifts, a leading forklift Illinois provider. They offer customers a choice of new and used Nissan forklift trucks as well as a full line of moving equipment, service, maintenance, and accessories.