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 Types & Fundamentals

   Parts

     Mast and Carriage
     Forks
     Attachments
     Nameplate
     Danger, Warning &
        Caution Labels

     Controls
     Instruments
     Battery
     Overhead Guard
     Tires
     Safety Devices

Parts:
Overhead Guard

Overhead guard
Figure 1. Overhead guard.
An overhead guard is designed to protect the operator from falling objects.

Overhead Guard
Requirements and Recommended Practices:
  • Use an overhead guard as protection against falling objects such as small packages, boxes, bagged material, etc., but not to withstand the impact of a falling capacity load. [29 CFR 1910.178(m)(9)]
     
  • Wear a hard hat when appropriate for additional protection.
     
  • Keep hands and feet within the forklift to avoid danger of falling loads.
     
  • Use a load backrest extension behind the forks whenever necessary to minimize the possibility of the load or part of it from falling rearward. [29 CFR 1910.178(m)(10)]
     
  • Equip all high-lift rider trucks, order-picker trucks and rough-terrain forklift trucks with an overhead guard manufactured in accordance with ANSI B56.1-1969, "Safety Standard for Low and High Lift Trucks," unless operating conditions do not permit. [29 CFR 1910.178(e)(1)]
     
  • As part of the daily inspection of the forklift, check the overhead guard for broken welds, missing bolts, or other damage.

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