Ed Brown, founder of Topper Industrial, is a leading proponent of the North American Fork Truck Free Initiative. Brown noted that the frequency of fork truck operator error is free and cited the NIST report that approximately every three days someone in the U.S. is killed in a fork truck related accident.
Operator error can range from distraction, cognitive errors, failure to follow safety operation rules. On a busy manufacturing plant floor there is often poor supervision of operators, inexperienced operators, and unstable loads.
Inexperience and limited training driving ramps, rough terrain are only part of the problem. The rules of road in a manufacturing facility do not favor pedestrians, nor are plants designed to avoid blind spots, narrow aisles, building columns, and tight turning radii.
Fork truck free initiatives are increasingly popular as sufficient data has revealed the true cost of fork truck ownership. Where purchasing managers are focused on lowest cost acquisition, operations managers must account for the extensive budgetary requirements in maintaining the fork truck fleet.
The ergonomic benefits, along with safety enhancements, increase the likelihood of North American fork truck free operations. OSHA compliance is best realized by eliminating the source of the safety hazard, according to Topper Industrial founder Ed Brown.
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About Topper Industrial
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (www.TopperIndustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar.
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Company Name: Topper Industrial
Contact Person: Jillian Burrow, Marketing Manager
Address:1729 NE Frontage Road
Country: United States