The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Compliance and Certification are designed to prevent foodborne illnesses. Unfortunately, bacterial contamination remains a leading cause of FDA recalls.
Food contamination from Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes has actually increased in recent years - from 28 percent of food recalls to over 31 percent. With all the rules and requirements, how is this still a problem?
Toyota’s commitment to safety, reliability and low cost of ownership has earned thousands of loyal customers over the years and the honor of being voted the #1 forklift sixteen years in a row.
Other forklift manufacturers compare themselves to Toyota, mainly price. While the purchase price is an important factor, smart buyers consider total cost of ownership. A forklift with a low purchase price can be significantly more expensive to own, especially if it has to be replaced in just a few years.
In our article about “what’s considered high hours on a forklift” (10,000 hours or more), we mentioned Toyota forklifts commonly run 20,000 hours or more. Here in our Garage of Champions article series, we’re showcasing Toyota forklifts with 25,000+ hours and vintage Taylor-Dunn vehicles that are still hard at work every day in northern and central California.
Product Name: AICHI Vertical Mast Lift
Product Numbers: WM1230J & WM1630J
Manufacturer: Toyota Industries Company
Lift Capacity: 500 capacity (249 lb. at extension)
Notable feature(s): 24 volt AC drive motors, zero-degree inside turn radius
Price Range: $14,250-$24,500
Value for the money: Excellent
Best for: This mast lift is best for someone who wants a low cost of ownership and doesn’t care about brand names. This equipment can be used for all areas of construction, facility maintenance, warehousing, retail and manufacturing.
Not recommended for: dirt or areas of rough terrain or 30% grade or higher.
View current inventory: Aichi Vertical Mast Lift
At Toyota’s forklift manufacturing plant in Columbus, Indiana, hundreds of associates assemble 30,000+ forklifts every year. More than 500,000 forklifts have been produced in Columbus since 1990, and they’re hard at work in 13+ countries around the world.
Read on to meet some of the people who work at the Toyota forklift factory and learn more about Toyota’s commitment to its workers and the environment. If you are based in Northern or Central California and would like to visit the plant, let us know. We can help arrange a tour.
Blue spotlights mounted on the front and/or rear of the lift truck alert pedestrians when a forklift is nearby, and how fast it’s approaching. The lights project a bright blue light about 8 feet in front of or behind the forklift, depending on where the light is mounted.
Red zone forklift lights illuminate areas on each side of the forklift pedestrians should avoid. By reminding workers to keep their distance, you can lower the odds of someone getting hit by the rear-end swing when the forklift turns.
The worst time to find out your forklift service provider has a poor safety record is after an incident. Take a proactive approach to safety by asking a few simple questions about their safety record and service technician training.
If you’re hesitant to ask, don’t be. Responsible operations that follow OSHA’s record-keeping requirements will know their safety stats and be happy to share them with you.