Monthly Archives: December 2013

Forklift Heist in UK Stresses Importance of Warehouse, Workplace Security

Mention a stolen vehicle, and most everyone would immediately envision a speeding car fleeing the cops, or maybe a family sedan from the mall parking lot that just happened to have the keys in the ignition. Few think of a slow-moving forklift leaving an empty warehouse parking lot – but that’s exactly what happened in Ulster, Northern Ireland.

Forklift Heist in UK Stresses Importance of Warehouse, Workplace Security

Forklift Heist in UK Stresses Importance of Warehouse, Workplace Security

For forklift operators and owners, this  recent heist in the UK offers some security tips.

In this unusual theft, a JCB forklift was taken from a site at Mornington Development, Ballinderry Road in Lisburn. Police in Lisburn say that there have been a number of building and agricultural plant thefts over recent weeks, with the forklift being the latest item of significant value stolen.

Why would someone want a forklift? After all, many forklifts have unique serial numbers that could be tracked down. One reason would be for the parts. Forklift parts (especially large models like JCB lifts) have substantial value. A thief could conceivably strip the forklift of useful parts for scrap value. Or, the lift could be stolen as an act of vengeance.

Whatever the reason, now is great time to evaluate your particular workplace security from a forklift standpoint.

Here are few things that will prevent forklift theft at your business:

  •  Invest in a security system – this helps prevent theft and vandalism. Plus, subscribing to a security service can help reduce monthly insurance costs.
  •  Install perimeter cameras – even if equipment is taken, the bad guys will be caught in the act.
  • Employ a security guard – this is an option many medium to large-business owners use to secure their property and equipment (including forklifts).

Remember, crime never takes a day off. Take some time to enhance your forklift security protocols. You may avoid the headaches that the Mornington Development site went through.


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Gets Big-Time Boost from Genie Telescopic Boom

The unveiling of New York’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is an iconic prelude to the holiday season. And the latest celebration can thank a forklift of sorts for making it all possible. A Genie S-85 telescopic boom helped install the famous Midtown Manhattan Christmas tree earlier this month.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Gets Big-Time Boost from Genie Telescopic Boom Photo: Kathy Willens/AP Photo

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Gets Big-Time Boost from Genie Telescopic Boom
Photo: Kathy Willens/AP Photo

An American tradition since 1933, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree of 2013 took the form of a massive, majestic 76-foot Norway spruce.

Genie dealer Tri Lift supplied the boom, which enabled the rigging crew to place the necessary guy wires after a large crane raised tree on November 8th. The guy wires add essential support to the huge Christmas tree.

Forklift work doesn’t usually receive the spotlight, but this particular instance put one forklift firmly in focus.

The high-profile Rockefeller Christmas tree was unveiled on December 4th. Ratings for the show, hosted by NBC’s “The Today Show,” hit a seven-year high. The show averaged 9.9 million viewers, the highest since 2006.

But even the raising of the tree gained an enthusiastic viewership on November 8th. The boom had to leave Tri Lift’s yard in Connecticut at 3:30 AM the morning of the installation in order to arrive in Rockefeller Plaza by 5:30 AM. The driver had to wait for the crews to finish installing the tree, then immediately drive the lift back to Connecticut.

“It was certainly not one of our standard rentals, but it was a great opportunity for us to be a part of something so high-profile and meaningful to people here and throughout the country,” Tri Lift manager Mike Degennaro said.

The tree raising was streamed live on a New York City television station’s website. Everybody at Tri Lift spent most of the day watching the coverage on their computers in their offices.

So a month before the big show, a small segment of the forklift industry enjoyed their unique contribution to the holiday season.

“It made us all feel like we were really a part of it all,” Degennaro said.

For more information on this story, read the article at Better Roads.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers in the Workplace

carbon monoxide dangers

If you are a machine operator, you’re aware of the inherent risk of your vehicle tipping over and causing a serious injury or death. A potential killer that you might not be aware of is carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from driving a fuel-powered machine indoors. You, along with welders, marine terminal workers, garage mechanics and carbon-black makers are among the professions most likely to be exposed to carbon monoxide dangers.

How hazardous are CO emissions? The U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) requires awareness of the potential dangers posed by carbon monoxide poisoning. OSHA recently published a special online resource dealing exclusively with carbon monoxide dangers, and this tool is used as a supplement to regular OSHA forklift and aerial lift training requirements.

What Is CO and Where Does It Come From?

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, which makes it hard to know if you are being exposed to it. It is often mixed with gases that you can smell, which means you may be breathing it right along with stuff you are familiar with and not even know it. The gas is often the product of incomplete combustion of natural gas and other carbon-containing materials such as gasoline, kerosene, propane, wood, coal or diesel fuel.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers carbon monoxide one of the most lethal gases, and a definite “hidden danger” in the workplace. CO awareness is very important for forklift drivers, aerial lift operators, scissor lift personnel, and many other jobs. Here are just some of the enclosed and hazardous areas that OSHA has identified. Exercise extra caution in the following areas to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Remember: common sense always wins out!

– Warehouses
– Indoor distribution centers
– Enclosed maintenance staging areas
– All workspaces with running internal combustion engines
– Partially enclosed spaces in shipping ports, docks, lumber yards, and similar areas
– And many more

Carbon monoxide dangers do not go away simply because an indoor area is well ventilated. If your work area has problems with the HVAC system, or the air circulation equipment hasn’t been serviced in a while, it’s still possible to get carbon monoxide poisoning. Even “half inside – half outside” regions contain carbon monoxide dangers.

Why Is Carbon Monoxide Harmful?

Once inhaled, CO binds tightly to hemoglobin circulating in the bloodstream, displacing oxygen and depriving the heart, brain, and other organs in the process. Exposure to large amounts of CO can overwhelm you within minutes, causing you to pass out and suffocate.

If you are lucky, before you lose consciousness you may feel tightness in the chest, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, nausea, and fatigue. These are exactly the same symptoms you will experience if you are coming down with a cold or flu.

How Can You Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

The dangers of carbon monoxide can’t be underestimated. Every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are hundreds of carbon monoxide poisoning deaths. Many of these occur in the workplace.

Because you can’t taste, see, or smell carbon monoxide, you should be aware of certain indoor air quality factors. OSHA recommends a few precautions to take that will help you and your co-workers avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Some of these include:

– Shut down any idling internal combustion engine in an enclosed area.
– Work with caution in smaller work areas or other spaces where carbon monoxide gases can collect.
– Keep up to date with your work area’s ventilation system – make sure all ducts, blowers, etc. are regularly serviced.
– Watch out for cold weather – closed doors and other concealed areas to keep out the weather is the perfect environment for carbon monoxide dangers to increase.
– Pay attention to the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning (see above).

Treatment for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The good thing about CO poisoning is that it is reversible as soon as you start breathing oxygen. Unless your rescuers also pass out from exposure, they will rush you into an area where you will receive fresh air. They may administer pure oxygen. Eventually, you may be placed into what is called a hyperbaric chamber, where you will receive pure oxygen under pressure.

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