Seat Belt for Forklifts - Explained in the Regulation guidelines are the use of seatbelts and operator restraints on forklifts. It states that the liability falls on the employers' to ensure that each machine, piece of equipment and tool is used correctly utilized according to the directions of the manufacturer.
Regarding their use, design, maintenance, inspection and fabrication Rough Terrain forklifts must satisfy the guidelines of ANSI Standard ASME B56.6-1992.
Side boom tractors and mobile equipment together with a Rollover Protective Structure, or ROPS for short, need to have seat belts which satisfy the requirements of the Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, Standard J386 JUN93, Operator Restraint System for Off-Road Work Machines. If any mobile machine includes seat belts required by law, the driver and subsequent passengers must make certain they utilize the belts whenever the vehicle is in motion or engaged in operation since this could cause the equipment to become unsteady and hence, not safe.
When a seat belt or other operator restraint is required on a lift truck.
The seat belt requirements while working a forklift depend on different factors. Whether or not the lift truck is equipped with a Rollover Protective Structure, the type of lift truck itself and the year the forklift was made all add to this determination. The manufacturer's instructions and the requirements of the applicable standard are referenced in the Regulation.
With regards to to an operator restraint device, system or enclosure, ANSI Standard ASME B56.1-1993 with regards to powered industrial trucks, is intended to be able to assist the driver in reducing the risk of entrapment of the torso and/or head between the truck and the ground in the event of a tip over. The restraint device or system may comprise a seat belt, although a seat belt is not essentially a part of such machine or system.
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