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This electric powered vehicle is unique because it allows the operator to be elevated with the forks as they are raised or lowered. This program geared to specific safety rules, operating procedures, and general operating principles.Excerpt:
There’s a variety of material handling order selectorequipment in use today. The same principles apply generally to all types oforder selector equipment, but each person who is trained an authorized tooperate this equipment must always follow the equipment manufacturer’soperating and safety instructions. Your organization may have additional safetyrules and procedures that you must follow for proper operating guidelines.Because of the many different types of equipment in use today time does notallow us to show or demonstrate the basic principles on each type of equipment,however the equipment in our demonstrations and operations will give youadditional knowledge to use and possibly apply to your specific equipment. Inall circumstances, however, you must follow your equipment manufacturer’soperating, safety, and maintenance instructions and procedures.
Okay, let’s begin with some basic principles of theequipment. Order selector equipment is designed to carry loads forward of thefront wheel so that the weight of the load is counter-balanced by the weight ofthe truck. We call this the lever or see-saw principle. The center of thelever, or pivot point, is the front tires. The further the load is carried fromthis pivot point the greater will be the uplift at the front of the truck. Thesafety rule in this case requires the operator to carry the load against theload stops of the equipment. The farther away from the center or pivot point,the less load capacity of the vehicle. Lifting the load when the weight exceedsthe truck’s capacity can create a hazardous condition. Lifting the load whenthe center of gravity exceeds the truck’s rated load center can also create ahazardous condition. Be sure you know and understand your equipment’s ratedsafe lifting capacity, and how longer loads can decrease the safe liftingcapacity of your vehicle. Specifications are listed on your vehicle’s dataplate located on the vehicle. We’ll discuss some safe operating rules in aminute, but first let’s review some safety rules for order selectors. Be sureyour body belt and lanyard are fastened at all times when order selecting.Before operating your equipment inspect the belt and lanyard for damage, frays,or other unsafe conditions. If your equipment is damaged or unserviceable don’toperate the equipment until the body belt/lanyard devices are repaired or replaced.Order pick from the operator platform whenever possible. This is the safestposition. When a supplementary operator’s platform is used it must be securelyfastened to the elevating mechanism. Safe, neat stacking is one of your mostimportant functions. Know the capacity of the floors in all stacking areas, anddo not handle unstable or loosely packed loads. When tiering a load approachthe stack squarely. Stop close to the stack or tier and lift the load highenough to clear the top of the stack. With the load up, move forward slowly,until the truck is almost touching the stack. The rear edge of the skid orpallet should be lined up exactly with the rear edge of the load or rack onwhich your stacking. With the load even, stack beneath it, lower the loadcarefully. Drop the fork slightly to clear the load. After checking to makesure no one is behind you, back away until the forks are clear of the stack.Stop and lower the platform. That’s a fairly simple example of proper stacking.However, you’re going to run into many different situations, different types ofloads, and other variables. The most important thing is to use your goodjudgment, follow basic safety procedures, and make the right decisionregardless of the circumstance. If you’re not sure, or if you have a questionabout anything, always ask your supervisor before proceeding, don’t takechances.
Let’s now take a look at the vehicle and some basicoperating procedures. Keep in mind that you’re equipment may be different sofollow your equipment manufacturer’s recommendations. Apply power to the truckby connecting the battery plug to the truck receptacle. Be sure the plug isfully inserted and locked into place so there is enough pressure at the contactmating surface to ensure against burning. Next depress the brake pedal torelease the truck brake and activate the truck power. Turn the on/off keyswitch to the on position, and step down on the service parking brake andactuate the electrical system. The truck can only be operated from the operator’splatform. Before you operate the truck be sure that the guard rails are inplace, and the body belt and lanyard are securely fashioned. Steering iscontrolled by the left hand.