Forklift Battery Dangers
The main choice of forklifts for numerous warehouses or supply outlets are electric models that are required to transport equipment and heavy products into and out off storage. These machines are battery powered with huge batteries allowing the lifting of heavy loads. Usually, warehouse employees are responsible for swapping out the batteries or recharging them during a shift. Although these batteries have been developed and designed with safety at the forefront, there are still some problems a handler has to be aware of and stuff to be prevented when in the vicinity of the batteries.
Some forklift batteries can weigh up to 2000 lbs. or 1 ton, depending upon the model. These extreme weights factors will need mechanical assistance to safely charge and change the battery. Approximately 50% of all forklift battery-related injuries result from improper moving and lifting these heavy pieces of machinery. Sometimes jacks, other forklifts or even specialized carts are used so as to transport and move heavy batteries. The overall success of using these pieces of equipment will truly depend on how safely the handler affixes the battery to the cart. Unfortunately, severe injuries can happen because of falling batteries.
There are strict protocols within the industry that describe how and when a forklift battery should be charged. Nearly all companies have extensive rules and policies describing the safest way to remove the forklift battery in a safe and efficient manner.
In order to handle them, it is essential to know the battery is filled with corrosive liquids that require you to follow safety precautions. Two of the most common types of lift truck batteries include potassium hydroxide and sulfuric acid. These are both very corrosive materials that can cause chemical burns to the skin, hands, face and eyes.