Even common forklift attachments can be a source of danger; this, according to Scott McLeod, the president of Fleetman Consulting, which is an independent forklift fleet procurement as well as management enterprise. This is the reason why every safety governing body of forklifts that are utilised in the workplace has an accurate data plate and a representative who knows how the said equipment, including applicable attachments are configured. In practice, though, this is not always the case.
“It’s a big area of neglect, and we’re running into it constantly,” McLeod says. “Some companies properly update capacities, some do it sometimes, and some just plain don’t do it.”
Therefore, when any attachment is fitted to a forklift (other than what is attached to it when manufactured), the installer or dealer is required to send important information like the engineering data of the particular attachment to the manufacturer of the forklift. The manufacturer, in turn, is obliged to send an updated capacity back to dealer. This is a must for installation before the unit is brought back for service. As mentioned earlier, this does not happen all the time, but McLeod suggests that failure to update these plates is not always because of purposeful neglect. “Particularly when a company has a large fleet with their own maintenance staff, they might not know this needs to be done,” he says. “They might bring in a rental, pull the attachment off their own forklift and quickly install it on a rental to keep production moving. Nobody thinks to change the capacity plate,” McLeod added.
Individuals who recklessly discard this requirement most likely take note of the length of time that it takes to get the manufacturer to deliver or supply an updated plate. Per McLeod, this may be a legitimate concern sometimes.