The Kärcher KM 70 range consists of 3 different push sweepers based on one basic model. All KM 70 machines have a working width of 70 cm and a 42 liter waste container with different equipment. The casing and waste container are made of extremely tough, very light and corrosion-resistant plastic. The best preconditions for easy handling and durability. The robust, maneuverable and easy to use Kärcher KM 70 push sweepers allow professional sweeping with minimal maintenance.
With over 145,000 people working in over 7,000 warehouses the potential for hazards is staggering. From the use of unsafe forklifts to inadequate fire safety the fatal injury rate for the warehousing industry is higher than the national average of any other industry.
We want to help keep you safe and productive at the same time.
Here are some of the Top Hazards found by OSHA:
About 100 employees are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts in all industries. Forklift turnovers account for a significant percentage of these fatalities.
- Train, evaluate and certify all operators to ensure that they can operate forklifts safely;
- Do not allow anyone under 18 years old to operate a forklift;
- Properly maintain haulage equipment, including tires;
- Before using a forklift, examine it for hazardous conditions which would make it unsafe to operate;
- Follow safe procedures for picking up, putting down and stacking loads;
- Drive safely, never exceeding 5 mph and slow down in congested areas or those with slippery surfaces;
- Ensure that the operator wears a seatbelt installed by the manufacturer;
- Never drive up to a person standing in front of a fixed object such as a wall or stacked materials;
- Prohibit stunt driving and horseplay;
- Do not handle loads that are heavier than the weight capacity of the forklift;
- Remove unsafe or defective trucks from service until the defect is properly repaired;
- Maintain sufficiently safe clearances for aisles and at loading docks or passages where forklifts are used;
- Ensure adequate ventilation either by opened doors/windows or using a ventilation system to provide enough fresh air to keep concentrations of noxious gases from engine exhaust below acceptable limits;
- Provide covers and/or guardrails to protect workers from the hazards of open pits, tanks, vats and ditches;
- Train employees on the hazards associated with the combustion byproducts of forklift operation, such as carbon monoxide.
Injuries happen here when forklifts run off the dock, products fall on employees or equipment strikes a person.
- Drive forklifts slowly on docks and dock plates;
- Secure dock plates and check to see if the plate can safely support the load;
- Keep clear of dock edges and never back up forklifts to the dock’s edge;
- Provide visual warnings near dock edges;
- Prohibit “dock jumping” by employees;
- Make sure that dock ladders3. Electrical, wiring methods
Workers can be injured when they are caught in pinch points or in the in-going nip points, are hit by falling products or develop musculoskeletal disorders associated with awkward postures or repetitive motions.
- Inspect conveyors regularly;
- Ensure that pinch points are adequately guarded;
- Develop ways of locking out conveyors and train employees in these procedures;
- Provide proper lighting and working surfaces in the area surrounding the conveyor.
Fires and explosion risks are possible unless proper guidelines are followed.
- Prohibit smoking and open flames in and around charging stations;
- Provide adequate ventilation to disperse fumes from gassing batteries;
- Ensure that fire extinguishers are available and fully charged;
- Provide proper personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves and eye and face protection;
- Properly position forklifts and apply brakes before attempting to change or charge batteries; follow required procedures when refueling gas or propane fueled forklifts;
- Provide conveyors, overhead hoists or equivalent materials handling equipment for servicing batteries;
- Provide an eye washing and safety shower facility for employees exposed to battery acids.
Improper lifting, repetitive motion or poor design of operations can lead to musculoskeletal disorders in workers.
- If possible, use powered equipment instead of requiring a manual lift for heavy materials;
- Reduce lifts from shoulder height and from floor height by repositioning the shelf or bin;
- Ensure overhead lighting is adequate for the task at hand;
- Provide employees with task-oriented ergonomic training;
- Use your legs and keep your back in a natural position while lifting;
- Test the load to be lifted to estimate its weight, size and bulk, and to determine the proper lifting method;
- Get help if the load exceeds the maximum weight a person can lift safely without assistance;
- Don’t twist while carrying a load, but shift your feet and take small steps in the direction you want to turn;
- Keep floors clean and free of slip and trip hazards.
In every facility safety training should not be taken lightly. It is imperative not only to your own safety, but to your coworkers’ as well. At KMH we offer safety training and any equipment checks and repairs you need. Call 888-564-7978 for your free operational audit so we can help you keep everyone safe.
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With winter coming it’s a good time to begin preparing your fleet for the season. Our Service Department is prepared to give you all the help you need to maintain your fleet this year and beyond.
We all know a forklift works better when you maintain it, and purchasing new machines may be out of the budgets for companies, especially if more than one is needed. Our Parts and Service Department is composed of highly trained professionals with radio and GPS dispatched fleet of over 50 service technicians for when you want to leave the repairs to us. Over time, all machines break down and need repairs, but remember good used forklifts work every bit as well as new ones do and at a much lower price without sacrificing quality or choice. Let the KMH Parts & Service Team give you a FREE QUOTE to completely recondition your aging material handling equipment instead of buying new. In many cases we can fully recondition two for what you can expect to pay for one new one.
Used & Maintained Equals a Larger Fleet, Longer Service
Being able to have more than one operational forklift allows the user to alternate forklifts, which puts less wear on the machines, extending their life and your budget. Increased productivity increases the amount of work that can be done over the same period of time. More productivity means you are investing less and benefiting more.
- Un-maintained forklifts overheat & fail
- Un-maintained forklifts have sluggish performance
- Un-maintained forklifts are susceptible to wheel slippage
- Un-maintained forklifts are at risk of failing safety inspections
What We Can Do…
- Reconditioned, Rebuilt-Exchange Engine *
- Reconditioned Transmission/Differential (Transaxle) *
- Recondition Mast/Upright Assembly; Install New Bearings, Bushing, Wear Strips As Equipped *
- Recondition/Rebuild Steering System *
- Reconditioned Brake System
- Reconditioned Hydraulic System & New Hoses
- Reconditioned Electrical System & New Gauges
- New Tires & Operator Seat, Seat Belt
- New Paint Job & OEM Decal Set
*Does not include correction of any structural defect, i.e. broken/bent or otherwise damaged rails, stub shafts or other, requiring welding or machine work. If any such defect is found it will be quoted as a separate job action.
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Safety issues are a concern for any forklift operator.
According to the US CDC agency, there are nearly 19,000 forklift/pedestrian accidents each year in the United States alone. The Blue Safety LED Light helps minimize forklift/pedestrian accidents by projecting a clear blue spot on the ground behind the forklift. Backup alarms are effective, but what happens when employees are listening to music, talking on cell phones, or just not paying attention?
Blue Safety LED Light can fit on most forklifts to ensure that little extra safety. Relatively new to the industry, they are quickly becoming a mandatory and offer some very unique advantages over backup alarms and other devices.
Blue Safety Lights are ideal for your budget – because accidents are never productive. The Blue LEDs save you time, the cost of unnecessary loss due to collisions and prevent needless worries. They are built using ultra bright LEDs which are so long lasting they can be considered a lifetime bulb thus saving on maintenance, replacement and parts costs. Blue Lights are easily installed on the front or back of any forklift, sweeper or other piece of industrial equipment and have a rugged aluminum housing to resist dust and temporary emersion in water.
The forklift is typically the most dangerous piece of equipment in any facility that uses it, these low-cost enhancements are sensible and easy.
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There is a distinct difference between teaching someone safe forklift operation and truly training them how to perform the function safely and effectively. KMH gives the highest level of in-depth training for you and your operators in order to keep everyone safe and in alignment with all regulations.
Proper training will also lower your costs in terms of less damage to your products,to your facility, and to operator injury. We teach you how to see small maintenance issues and fixing them before become big ones. Knowing proper methods of operating a forklift also results in less wear and tear on your equipment. All of this results in equipment that stays in better condition for a longer period of time, an increase in useful life of your forklifts, and lower operating costs.
OSHA and ANSI have requirements regarding forklifts. Ultimately it is up to you, the employer, to see that your operators and fleet managers are aware of the regulations and that your company is in compliance.
Operators that receive ongoing training are more efficient at operating your forklifts. This efficiency translates into more productive employees. Improved morale and efficiency gained from training will increase how much work each of your operators can accomplish in a day, and that improves your bottom line.
These best practices decrease the likelihood of injuries to operators and damage to equipment and property.
When observing an operator using material handling equipment, ask the following:
- Is the driver wearing a seat belt?
- Is the operator driving at safe speeds?
- Does the driver sound the horn when approaching blind spots, end of aisles or backing up?
- When transporting a load, is the load 6” to 10” off of the floor?
- Is the driver’s visibility blocked?
- Does the operator use a spotter when the load is blocking his visibility?
Companies that do not emphasize safety and ongoing training of their drivers are easy to spot with this quick observation.
KMH continually strives to educate our customers about lift truck operation, safety, and industrial regulations for both ANSI and OSHA. With proper forklift training, you can reduce your downtime due to improper operation and provide effective timely maintenance/repair of your lift truck fleet. We provide a range of forklift training classes at progressive levels to meet your needs!
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Clark GEX Electric Forklifts
APPLICATIONS: Indoor/Outdoor Manufacturing, Warehousing & Shipping/Receiving
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.
Be careful Out There People LOL!
We Offer Training For All Lift Truck Makes & Models. KMH continually strives to educate our customers about lift truck operation, safety and industrial regulations for both ANSI and OSHA. With proper forklift training, you can reduce your downtime due to improper operation and provide effective, timely maintenance and repair of your lift truck fleet. We provide a range of forklift training classes at progressive levels to meet your needs!
Pallet racks have helped many organizations eliminate new building costs, moving to new warehouses and easily decrease operational costs by maximizing their floor space. It is very important to have a system to store to retrieve stock, and it is imperative to be sure you invest your money and energy into a system that is right for you. KMH has over 30 years of experience helping companies do just that.
Racking is the best system to use if you want to utilize your space no matter how big or small you may be. KMH has worked with every spaces of all shapes and sizes, and we can help you design the perfect system to fit your current and future needs. From systems that are taller than they are wider, to anything that will take up a very small amount of space. If you use forklifts in your facility we have a racking system to match your operation perfectly as well. Forklifts can move around with relative ease when your facility’s space is properly maximized. Pallet flow racking is also extremely cost effective when you consider how much product you can store in a given area.
At KMH We Help You Consider
- Cost of materials and installation
- Placement of building doors and columns
- Storage design
- Floor space and building height
- Desired storage density
There are many varieties of pallet racking, and all types allow for the storage of palletized materials in horizontal rows with multiple levels. Forklift trucks are usually required to place the loaded pallets onto the racks for storage. Always ensure that the proper equipment is being used for the moving any pallets off and onto your new racking system.
Different kinds of lift equipment, and sometimes even inventory, call for different layouts. At KMH we carefully work with you to be sure you are investing the optimized racking system for your operation. As an example, movable pallet rack systems operate on mobile carriages that eliminate unused aisle space and can nearly double you storage capacity. Flexible and adaptable, movable systems work within almost any building support or ceiling restrictions and can be reconfigured easily if needs change.
Storing more in less space is the key to efficiency.
Careful pre-planning by KMH will save you money, & maximize your racking investment.
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At KMH Systems we will provide you with safe, secure, reliable, and efficient loading dock equipment at an affordable price. The energy required for shipping products, heating and cooling the distribution facilities and fueling the trucks that transport products to their destinations all put a strain on natural resources and potentially companies’ bottom lines.
Safety and speed go hand in hand, we evaluate your needs and possible future pitfalls before recommending what equipment you can install or replace. Profit and performance on the dock is indispensable for leveraging your sales.
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Calling one of our representatives to your business for a full dock evaluation is the shortest distance to getting your dock in the best possible shape for your business to soar. We do an extensive evaluation of your current dock system, and give you the best array of options to expedite your needs. The choices available will help you decide quickly what fits your budget so as to impact your profits in the best possible way.