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Can Electric Forklifts Operate Safely in the Rain?

We often receive questions about operating an electric forklift in various weather conditions. Because these forklifts rely on complex electrical components, it is important to know when and where you can run your electric forklift.

Three frequently asked questions we receive about using electric forklifts in the rain are:

  1. Are electric forklifts able to operate in the rain?
  2. How waterproof are electric forklifts?
  3. What safety precautions should I take in the rain?
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How to Extend the Life of Your Forklift Battery

Electric forklifts are a great option if you are looking to lower your total cost of ownership, increase productivity and reduce emissions. However, you have to make sure the battery is maintained properly so you can extend its life and maximize your investment.

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A Quick Guide to Forklift IP Codes

IP Codes, sometimes referred to as Ingress Protection Markings, are an international standard for classifying the degree of protection a machine has against liquid and solid objects. Every forklift should have a code that will tell you what the forklift can withstand. The Ingress Protection Markings will be located on the rating plate, and once you have located that, you will be able to ascertain in what environments you can safely operate your forklift. 

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How to Get Involved with OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19, 2018, is a national event sponsored by OSHA to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of safety in the workplace. Successful safety programs help identify hazards before they become dangerous and reduce injury or illness within the company. Whether you do not have a safety program or have had one for years, Safe + Sound has resources and activities for you!

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