To: Gary Weisenberger From: Adam PescatoreDate: 5/25/2011ForkliftsThere are over one hundred deaths every year that are caused by forklifts according to O.S.H.A. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Many of these deaths can be prevented by following standard guidelines when dealing with forklifts. Knowledge of how to operate forklifts safely can save money lives in the future. Unbeknownst to forklift novices, forklifts steer from the rear. Forklifts are sometimes powered by different methods. There are forklifts powered by battery, propane gas, and diesel gas. It is important to know which type you are operation, because there are different precautions that need to be taken with each type of forklift. Battery acid can be very dangerous, so gloves need to be worn any time there is chance of battery acid spilling on you. Before operating any forklift, a thorough inspection needs to be made. The mast needs to be examined for welding faults and the hydraulics of the lift need to be examined for leaking fluids or cracked hoses.
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