Sturtevant, WI -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/04/2016 -- Topper Industrial reported the critical characteristic of the forklift is its instability. The forklift and load must be considered a unit with a continually varying center of gravity with every movement of the load. A forklift must never negotiate a turn at speed with a raised load, where centrifugal and gravitational forces may combine to cause a disastrous tip-over accident. The forklifts are designed with a load limit for the forks which is decreased with fork elevation and undercutting of the load.
Forklift safety is subject to a variety of standards worldwide. The most important standard is the ANSI B56—of which stewardship has now been passed from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation after multi-year negotiations. ITSDF is a non-profit organization whose only purpose is the promulgation and modernization of the B56 standard. Other forklift safety standards have been implemented in the United States by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Topper Industrial founder, Ed Brown, noted, "The dangers with fork trucks have grown worse each year driving hundreds of leading North American companies to adopt a fork truck free initiative. The advantages are significant as the FTF approach decreases work wages, reduces operational costs, and improves productivity. We are excited to share this development at MODEX 2016 in early April."
To read more, go to: http://forktruckfree.com/fork-truck-safety-is-not-working/
Topper Industrial is exhibiting at MODEX 2016, the largest expo for the manufacturing and supply chain industries from April 4-7, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
View the one-minute MODEX 2016 video about Topper Industrial titled, "At the Intersection of Material Handling," go to http://www.modexshow.com/attendees/youroneminute.aspx.
About Topper Industrial
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (http://www.TopperIndustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company's product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper's material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.