Frequently asked questions
Do we ship internationally?
We only ship to the US & Canada at this time.
Are these products universal for all makes of forklifts?
Yes! All of our products can be mounted and used on any make of Forklift.
How often does a forklift have to be inspected?
OSHA requires that forklift vehicles have to be inspected at least daily, or after each shift when used around the clock. You will find this requirement in the Powered Industrial Truck standard at 1910.178(q)(7).
How long is an employer required to keep forklift daily inspection sheets?
Federal OSHA requires that forklift vehicles have to be inspected at least daily, or after each shift when used around the clock. You will find this requirement in the Powered Industrial Truck standard at 1910.178(q)(7). OSHA does not require that forklift inspections be documented.
However, using an inspection checklist, either written or electronic, is a good idea for two reasons:
You ensure that all essential features of the vehicle are inspected routinely, and
It provides evidence to an OSHA inspector that the vehicles are being inspected as required by 1910.178(q)(7).
Because daily inspection sheets are not required by OSHA, you should keep them according to whichever system works best in your company. Also, as part of your forklift program, it is a good idea to write a company policy stating something like "We retain forklift inspection sheets for six months." That way, you can keep whatever amount you decide, and it also will be proof to OSHA that your company is inspecting the vehicles (without retaining a huge stack of papers).
Note that some state programs might require retention. For example, in California, the daily inspection log can be considered a record of a scheduled inspection to identify unsafe conditions. In California, such records must be retained for one year under Cal/OSHA regulation §3203(b).
Are there any times when a driver does not have to wear a seatbelt?
OSHA's current policy does not distinguish based on the number of stops. It requires that if seat belts are on the equipment, they must be used at all times while operating.
Must we retrofit our powered industrial trucks with seatbelts if they were not manufactured with them?
Federal OSHA's current enforcement policy on the use of seat belts on forklifts is that employers must require operators of forklifts that are equipped with operator restraint devices, including seat belts, to use the devices. In addition, OSHA may also cite employers who do not take advantage of a manufacturer operator restraint system or seat belt retrofit program. This is all explained in Federal OSHA's 10/09/1996 Seat Belt Policy (corrected in 2007). (Federal OSHA enforces the seat belt issue under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act; there is not a specific regulation.)
How blue lights keep workers safe?
This kind of light helps keep everyone aware of their surroundings. You can see them before you could ever see a forklift - between warehouse racks, out of loading trucks, and around corners. Better awareness leads to fewer bumps, fewer feet run over, and fewer crashes.
Do your forklifts carry blue safety lights? If not, we have some. Cromer now carries blue safety lights as an add-on for all forklifts we sell. The lights are low-power, and will plug into any forklift model. Let's all avoid injuries and crashes.
Do my operators need to wear their seatbelts?
Yes, the operator must ensure that the restraint system is used. Some existing models of lift trucks might not have been equipped with an operator restraint system at the time of manufacture. Where feasible and available, these lift trucks should be retrofitted with an operator restraint system.
Restraint systems are to protect operators in the event of a tip-over, reducing the risk of entrapment of the body and any part thereof between the truck and the ground.
It is up to each company to make sure that the person operating the equipment is competent and understands all safety hazards related to performing their job.
Source: CSA 188.8.131.52 Operator restraint system