Forklift extensions are a specific type of forklift accessory that can help improve the reach, load-bearing potential, and versatility of most of your lift trucks.
We get a lot of questions from new Indiana forklift users about these types of fork extensions. Let’s answer some of the most common ones today.
The question over whether OSHA allows forklift extensions can be confusing, because it’s changed over time. Some years ago, OSHA was very strict on forklift extensions, requiring written permission directly from the forklift manufacturer before extensions could be installed on any lift truck. With all that red tape, it wasn’t feasible for a lot of companies to use them.
Thankfully, they’re much easier to use legally now, and only require the approval of a certified forklift engineer. That said, there are still some rules and regulations to follow.
For the most part, forklift extensions are treated much like other forklift extensions such as clamps. Here are a few of the big points to keep in mind:
Keep in mind that this is by no means an extensive list of regulations for fork extensions, but rather just some of the most important to know. For a full list of rules and regulations set by OSHA regarding extensions, find the contact information for your regional OSHA office here.
As we mentioned above, equipping a forklift with fork extensions requires all operators to be retrained on the lift truck. That training should go over the following facts, in addition to day to day usage:
For more details on forklift extensions for your workplace, or to schedule forklift operator training for any new attachments to your fleet, turn to Tynan. We have 4 convenient locations throughout the state of Indiana to best serve your team. Call us at 317-597-4003 for more details.
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