Here’s one from our Forklift FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) file:
Am I required to install a clamp interlock device on my forklift?
If you use truck-mounted clamps such as: Paper Roll Clamps, Carton Clamps, Bale Clamps, Fork Clamps or other specialty clamps, and your forklift was manufactured after Oct 7th, 2010, the truck is required to have a clamp interlock device (ANSI B56.1 Section 7.25.7).
What is a clamp interlock device?Basically, it’s a small button the operator has to press before the auxiliary open function is activated. In other words, the driver must push a button and move the lever to open the clamp - two distinct actions. This prevents unintentional release of the load.
Why is it required?The new standard prevents accidental release of a load which:
- Reduces the chance of falling loads
- Improves safety
- Prevents damaged products
When did the clamp interlock requirement take effect?The requirement took effect in 2012. If you missed the memo, don't worry!
Our team can retrofit your equipment on-site and bring you into compliance. The upgrade takes less than a day to install. Contact us online, or call us at 800-527-3746.
While the rule does not require trucks already in service to be retrofitted, remember OSHA’s general duty clause: 29 U.S.C. § 654, 5(a)1: Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
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