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When is a Clamp Release Interlock Required on a Forklift?

by John Sullivan on December 6, 2016
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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?

OSHA forklift interlock requirementThe 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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Topics: Forklift FAQs, OSHA

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