With nearly one million forklifts hard at work every day in the U.S., coupled with strict OSHA rules to ensure adherence to a specified maintenance schedule, Stertil-Koni today has reported strong, growing quarterly sales results for its Fork Lift Adaptors.
These accessories from Stertil-Koni have been engineered to meet the escalating need to embrace safe, efficient techniques for servicing the ubiquitous forklift.
The numbers tell a compelling tale and underscore why safety is a top priority.
According to the Industrial Truck Association, there are about 855,900 forklifts in the U.S. and OSHA estimates that each year forklift accidents result in 34,900 injuries that are classified as “serious” and 61,800 that are “non-serious.”
“Operator training is essential,” noted Peter Bowers, Technical Sales Manager for heavy duty vehicle lift leader, Stertil-Koni. “But so is regular forklift maintenance.”
OSHA has specific rules surrounding the maintenance of industrial trucks which include forklifts. These are found under the compliance section1910.178(q). Most experts recommend that any lift truck which gets continuous use be serviced by a fully trained and licensed technician on a regular basis. Oil changes, greasing and mast adjustment are just a few of the checklist items.
But forklifts pose other challenges. These are heavy vehicles and their weight is not evenly distributed.
“That’s precisely why,” continued Bowers, “Stertil-Koni has engineered our Fork Lift Adaptors.” Using two Stertil-Koni Mobile Column Lifts, any forklift weighing no more than the capacity of both columns can be safely lifted with the companion components – the Stertil-Koni drive on runways. “The result is a quick, safe and reliable way to perform wheels-free lifting and forklift servicing that is ergonomically designed with the vehicle and the technician in mind,” stated Bowers.
With the average forklift weighing approximately 9,000 lbs., two of Stertil-Koni’s very popular ST1085 Mobile Column Lifts can easily accomplish the task. The ST 1085s have a capacity of 18,500 lbs. per column, hence the Stertil-Koni Fork Lift Adaptor and two ST 1085 mobile columns can easily lift up to a 37,000 lbs. forklift.
What’s more, the drive-on height of the runway with the Stertil-Koni Fork Lift Adaptors is only five inches and ramps are available for three or four wheel forklifts – all with wheels-free lifting. Concluded Bowers, “Stertil-Koni Mobile Column Lifts, coupled with our Fork Lift Adaptors, are particularly well suited to these types of lifting situations, such as forklifts, in which the vehicle clearance is low, and the weight is not distributed evenly.”
About Stertil-Koni USA, Inc.
Stertil-Koni is the global market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts –bus lifts and truck lifts – and is the preferred supplier to the world’s leading companies in the truck and bus industries. Stertil-Koni's breadth of products meets all ranges of lifting needs and includes mobile column lifts, two-post,four-post, inground piston lifts, platform lifts, half-scissors and its innovative axle-engaging, in-ground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. Stertil-Koni has also recently begun installing the DIAMOND LIFT; a full rise telescopic piston lift designed to set new standards in precision heavy duty lifting. Stertil-Koni also recently introduced its new 2-post series, FREEDOM LIFT, with lifting capacities ranging from 16,000 to 30,000 lbs. Stertil-Koni is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland, has production facilities in Europe and the U.S. and is proud to have the greatest total number of ALI/ETL certified heavy-duty lifting products in the industry.