We have been using forklift trucks for around a century now. These days, you can find them in each and every warehouse across the globe. Scanning through the layers of history, the first forklift was developed as a result of the manpower shortages created by the First World War. Companies such as Clark and Yale & Towne started using material handling equipment in their factories. Later, Clark envisioned the potential of these machines and started them selling in the market. Earlier forklift machines used to be like tractors. It was during 1920s, forklifts started to use a vertical mast. The full-fledged development of forklifts began with the Second World War, when they played a big role in the handling of materials for armies all around the world.
These days, forklifts are powered by a number of fuel options, roping in compressed natural gas (CNG), diesel, gasoline, electrical battery, and liquid propane gas (LPG). Talking about the first hybrid forklift, it was developed by Mitsubishi, which runs on lithium ion battery and diesel. This forklift needs 39 percent less fuel than existing models. And what’s more, its carbon dioxide emissions are 14.6 tons less than other models powered by internal combustion engines. As found out in many operator forklift safety training classes, the operators drive the forks forward into the pallets to pick it up. Then, they raise the forks, tilt back the forks, and secure the load. And then, they put the forklift into reverse motion while keeping an eye on the pallet so as to ensure that the load is safe and secure. In order to make sure that there is a safe forklift operation in your warehouse; your operators must know the position of the forks. The angle of the forks is very critical for safe and secure operation.