Forklift Safety Day 2017

The Industrial Truck Association has announced it’s second annual Forklift Safety Day, to be held Tuesday, June 13.

While most of you won’t be able to attend, there are things you can do to take advantage of this day to help create awareness about the dangers that forklifts present and how to minimize the potential for accidents that can result in injury or death, damage to your facility, equipment and financial losses.

We’ve compiled a short list of things you can do on June 13th to improve safety on and around your forklifts.

  1. Make sure all your forklift operators have been trained and that their refresher training is up to date, if applicable or necessary.
  2. Take time to teach your forklift operators the importance of daily inspections of their forklifts. Daily inspections reduce the risk of equipment failure and catch small problems before they blossom into giant ones.
  3. Take some time to gather any staff that operates around forklifts, but not on them, to refresh them about the dangers of this equipment and how to be sure to use safe procedures when they are in an area of your facility where forklifts are being operated.
  4. Make sure all your forklift’s maintenance is up to date. If you have a Planned Maintenance Agreement, this would be a good time to review it with your service provider to ensure all standard checkpoints as well as unique equipment attachments are being inspected and maintained properly.
  5. Review any unique “site specific” features your facility may have and be sure your operators are aware of proper handling of equipment while on or around these features (ramps, areas where floors can be slick, floor substrates that vary etc…)
  6. Make sure that training is part of your company’s orientation for anyone that will or MIGHT operate a forklift. Remember, employees that have not been properly trained aren’t even allowed to sit on and start a forklift, much less move it out of the way of anything.
  7. Make sure you forklifts have proper safety equipment and that it’s operating properly. Lights, horns, back-up alarms, seat belts, fire extinguishers etc…
  8. Make sure you have lock-out kits to ensure that forklifts that do not pass an inspection are locked out immediately until repairs are made.
  9. Review all your forklifts for possible replacement. Old forklifts, or those that are getting “up there” in hours, might be potential threats. Review safety records and maintenance logs for your equipment. You might find this could be a good time to replace some or even all of your forklifts.-

Our goal is to help you operate safe, efficient and productive forklift equipment. Any questions about operating a safe forklift fleet, or to get a quote on new equipment, please Contact Us or give us a call at 800-322-5438.

CLARK NPX Narrow Aisle Reach Truck

Rugged and reliable, the CLARK NPX series forklift offers superior controllability, excellent front and rear visibility and high-speed operation to help increase productivity and profit while helping to improve operator safety and ease of maintenance.

Silent-staging upright helps to reduce shock and vibration. Nested I-beam rails provide strength and rigidity. Cylinder and hose routing design provides open field of vision improving operator confidence.

The NPX operator compartment and controls are designed with the operator standing at 65 degrees from center. This provides the widest range of flexibility and visual confirmation when traveling and handling loads to maximize productivity.
The contoured full-support backrest, padded armrest and tiller position are fully adjustable to customize the operator compartment; reducing fatigue and maximizing productivity.

Visit our CLARK Forklift Showroom.

Factors Reducing Safe Lifting Capacity of Your New Forklift

You just purchased a new forklift. Along with your purchase you made sure your forklift operators were trained properly.  Operators’ knowledge of safe lifting capacity equals a lower risk of property damage, injury or death.

Your forklift was shipped from the manufacturer with a data plate indicating lift capacities at various heights based on its equipment options, for example, side shifters, carton clamps or other attachments. Once you put the forklift into service, there are several factors that can, over time, dramatically reduce the safe lifting capacity of that forklift. Below we have highlighted the major factors effecting lift capacity.

Forks – The continual use of forklifts results in normal fork wear. The amount and rate at which they wear depends upon the weight of the loads handled, how they are handled (what type of substrate is coming in contact with the fork) and how often loads are handled (duty cycles). A 10% reduction in fork surface (wear) results in a 20% reduction in the safe lifting capacity of your forklift. A forklift rated to lift 5,000 lbs is reduced to 4,000 lbs once the forks are 10% worn. At this point the forks must be replaced.

Daily Inspections are required by OSHA – While a daily measurement of fork wear is not required, it is good practice to conduct a fork wear inspection on a regular basis, based on previous “FORK” criteria previously mentioned. During daily inspections, forks should be visually inspected for cracks or bends. Both reduce the safe lifting capacity of your forklift and create a dangerous operating condition.

If the load you are carrying changes requiring a need to use longer forks, the load center changes. This results in a reduction of safe lifting capacity. It will be important that you work with the manufacturer to determine the new safe lifting capacity of your forklift with the new fork configuration.

Chains – Chains should be inspected as part of any normal Planned Maintenance Program. Your service technicians should be properly trained to measure chains to determine when they need to be replaced. When a 3% elongation results in a 15% reduction in safe lifting capacity the chains should be replaced. Never attempt repairs on chains that are worn. Replacing them with the proper chains per manufacturer’s specifications is recommended to ensure a safe working environment for your employees.

Load Center – The data plate on your forklift indicates safe load capacities at given fork load centers. Not every pallet received by your facility is loaded according to the forklift manufactures specifications. It is important for safe operation to recognize and adjust your lifting practices to ensure safe handling of materials. As a rule, for every inch beyond the manufacturers recommended fork load center, one hundred pounds of lifting capacity is lost at a lowered height of six to eight inches.

Upon replacing the following, verify:

  • Tires – Verify they meet manufacturer’s specifications. Especially if changing the type (cushion or pneumatic) or the size.
  • Batteries – Verify they meet manufacturer’s specifications. If you have purchased a used forklift this can be an issue. Seek assistance from a professional that you are equipping it with the proper battery.
  • Attachments – Anytime you add an attachment of any kind, regardless of how benign it may seem, work with a professional or the manufacturer to determine if the attachment affects safe lifting capacity – if so, how much.
  • Engines – You might never replace an engine. But if you do, be certain the replacement engine meets or exceeds the weight of the current engine and that the configuration of the replacement engine does not affect the center of gravity of the forklift. This is particularly important if you purchase used forklifts. Ask the seller if the engine has been replaced or altered in any dramatic fashion. If it has, be sure the forklift has been re-rated for safe lifting capacity.

There are sites on the Internet like www.lifttruckcapacitycalculator.com that can assist you in re-rating your forklifts after minor changes such as attachments or other alterations that may affect their safe lifting capacity.

Working with a partner like Matthai Material Handling to institute and manage a Planned Maintenance Program is the best way to guarantee that your forklift fleet is always operating safely and your employees are not in danger. Planned Maintenance Programs have also been proven to be the best way to maximize the productivity of your forklift fleet by reducing down-time. These programs will pay for themselves over and over again throughout the life of your forklifts.

Cal-Lift Receives Honors from CLARK

At the recent annual celebration for CLARK Material Handling dealerships, Cal-Lift Inc. was honored to be recognized as a CLARK “Dealer of Merit.” This award is reserved for dealerships whose service, parts and sales departments exceed CLARK’s stringent qualifications.

“We are very proud of all of our employees who helped make this possible” said our President, Mark Maechling. “Without the dedication of each and every employee at Cal-Lift, these types of honors would not be possible” he added.

Cal-Lift, Inc. believes that by operating at a high level of ethics and responsibility, we are best able to serve our customer’s short, and long-term goals, and is represented in our Mission Statement.

“We are Cal-Lift.  We succeed because we make a difference for our customers and manufacturers by providing the right equipment supported by superior parts and service.

Our success depends upon us being a customer-focused team. We empower our people to make good decisions. We partner with our manufacturers to deliver the highest value equipment solutions.  We seek to forge strong long-term reciprocal relationships with our customers.

By doing all the above, we establish the foundation to maintain consistently strong and stable financial and market performance.”

Along with our Dealer of Merit Award, Cal-Lift’s Rental Manager, Charlie Schwasz was recognized by CLARK as “Rental Manager of the Year.” Charlie received this national recognition above all other CLARK dealership’s rental managers because of his dedication to providing the rental equipment our customers need, when they need it, and making sure that it is in top operating condition. All of us at Cal-Lift Inc. congratulate Charlie and thank him for his dedication to our customers.

PHOTOS:

DOM Award - smLeft to Right (Mike Marrs, VP Sales, Cal-Lift; Mark Maechling, President, Cal-Lift; Herb Michelli and Rick Dalhke, CLARK Material Handling)

Charlie SchwaszLeft to Right (Charlie Schwasz, Rental Manager, Cal-Lift Inc.; Rick Dalhke, CLARK Material Handling)

CLARK GEX Electric Forklifts

In the past, one truck would be used for outdoor applications and another truck would be used for indoor warehousing. Now one GEX can handle both environments, leaving you with the thought…two “hands” aren’t always better than one.

  • Dual reversing drive motors and zero turn steer axle allow right angle stacking similar to that of a cushion tire electric. Solid pneumatic tires plus enclosed motors and sealed controls allow the truck to operate outdoors as well, making the GEX an excellent indoor/outdoor truck.
  • Zero turn steer axle provides the tightest possible turning radius. 2-wheel drive provides added traction, especially on wet or uneven surfaces.
  • The rear control cover is hinged and supported by gas springs for easy service access from a standing position. On board diagnostics allow servicing mechanic to check fault codes
    without service tool.

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Cal-Lift Helps Daylight Transport “Go Green” with BYD Forklifts

Daylight FacilityCal-Lift has entered into an agreement with Daylight Transport to provide the first fleet of
BYD forklifts that include revolutionary, maintenance free, Iron-Phosphate (Fe) battery technology.  By using the world’s safest, most environmentally friendly batteries, Daylight Transport will eliminate all the hazards and liabilities associated with toxic lead-acid batteries and increase productivity and operational savings.

Using the BYD forklifts will enable Daylight Transport to meet their goal of having a 100 percent green terminal.  Cal-Lift has provided material handling solutions to Southern California since 1964 and sees BYD forklift as being the future of green technology.

When Daylight opened its new Fontana distribution facility, their goal was to minimize the carbon footprint and they’ve all but eliminated it. The 57,300 sq. ft. derives 85% of its energy requirements from a 600KW solar system mounted to the roof of the building (see photo). Motion sensors and energy efficient lighting help reduce consumption, as does the new fleet of 40 BYD  3, and 4-wheel electric forklifts, supplied by Cal-Lift.

We are proud to be part of Daylight Transport’s efforts to go green, minimize its impact on the Earth and provide them with forklifts that help them achieve these energy goals.

Learn more about BYD forklifts, then contact us at 800-322-5438 for a demo and a quote.

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Mark Maechling, President, Cal-Lift at Daylight Transports Fontana Distribution Facility

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Mike Marrs, Vice President, Cal-Lift at Daylight Transports Fontana Distribution Facility

Section 179 Renewed for 2017

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Jan 1, 2017 –   Section 179 is still affected by the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) that was signed into law on 12/18/2015. This bill expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, where it will remain for all of 2017. For those interested, you may read the summary from the Ways and Means committee here.

Section 179 Deduction: Until further notice, Section 179 will be permanent at the $500,000 level. Businesses exceeding a total of $2 million of purchases in qualifying equipment have the Section 179 deduction phase-out dollar-for-dollar and completely eliminated above $2.5 million. Additionally, the Section 179 cap will be indexed to inflation in $10,000 increments in future years.

50% Bonus Depreciation will be extended through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017. Then bonus depreciation will phase down to 40 percent in 2018 and 30 percent in 2019.

IMPORTANT THIS YEAR: Section 179 for Current 2017 Tax Year
Section 179 can provide you with significant tax relief for this 2017 tax year, but equipment and software must be financed and in place by midnight December 31, 2017. Use this 2017 Section 179 Calculator to see how much the Section 179 tax deduction can save your company.

2016 Section 179 Tax Information (Last Year)

The PATH ACT passed in December of 2015 affected 2016 and beyond, making the Section 179 deduction for 2016 $500,000. In addition, the 50% Bonus Depreciation was reinstated.
Click Here for the fully updated Section 179 Calculator for tax year 2016 (Last Year).

Answers to the Three Most Common Section 179 Questions

How Much Can I Save on My Taxes in 2017?
It depends on the amount of qualifying equipment and software that you purchase and put into use. See the handy Section 179 Calculator that’s fully updated for 2017, and includes any/all increases from any future legislation.

What Sort of Equipment Qualifies in 2017?
Most tangible business equipment qualifies. Click here for qualifying property.

When Do I Have to Do This By?
Section 179 for 2017 expires midnight, 12/31/2017. If you wish to deduct the full price of your equipment from your 2017 taxes and take advantage of the new higher deduction limits, it must be purchased and put into service by then.

Many businesses are finding Section 179 Qualified Financing to be an attractive option in 2017, especially since the expected Federal Discount Rate increases don’t leave much time for action. Please apply today.

More Section 179 Deduction Questions Answered

Welcome to Section179.Org, your definitive resource for all things Section 179. We’ve brought together a large amount of information regarding Section 179, and clearly and honestly discuss the various aspects of IRS §179 in plain language. This will allow you to make the best possible financial decisions for your company.

Section 179 can be extremely profitable to you, so it is to your benefit to learn as much as possible. To begin, you may have a lot of questions regarding Section 179 such as:

We’ll answer all of these questions, and make certain that you come away with all of the knowledge you need to make smart business decisions in this 2017 tax year regarding equipment and/or software purchasing and Section 179.

Why? Because if you’ve been thinking about buying or leasing new equipment and/or software, it’s definitely to your advantage to use this excellent tax break.

Successful businesses take advantage of legal tax incentives to help lower their operating costs. The Section 179 Deduction is a tax incentive that is easy to use, and gives businesses an incentive to invest in themselves by adding capital equipment. In short, taking advantage of the Section 179 Deduction will help your business keep more capital, while also getting needed equipment, vehicles, and software.

Free Tools that Make Calculating Section 179 Deductions Simple

Section 179 is really very simple. You buy, finance or lease qualifying equipment and/or software, and then take a full tax deduction on it this year (also, there are a few other things, which we’ll go over, but in a nutshell, that’s the idea). To give you an estimate of how much money you can save, here’s a Section 179 Deduction Calculator to make computing Section 179 deductions simple.

If you use the calculator, take note of the savings on your tax obligation. Many people find that, if they lease or finance their Section 179 qualified equipment, the tax savings actually exceed the first year’s payments on the equipment (making buying equipment profitable for the current tax year). This is perfectly legal, and a good example of the incentive that Section 179 provides small and medium businesses.

Visit our website to learn more about our line-up of new material handling equipment, including:

Cal-Lift is your source in Southern California for quality material handling equipment, service, parts and rentals. Visit our website to learn more. Then contact us for a quote at 800-322-5438.