When using a forklift towable salt spreader, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind in order to ensure safe and effective operation.
- Safety: Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and Local regulations when using the handler. Workers should be properly trained in the use of the handler and wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Choose the right spreader for the job. Consider the size of the area to be treated, the type of salt to be used, and the wind conditions.
- Inspect the spreader before each use. Check for any damage to the hopper, spreader mechanism, or other components. Make sure that all fasteners are tight and that the spreader is properly aligned behind the forklift.
- Operate the spreader at a safe speed. Do not exceed the speed recommended by the manufacturer. Avoid sudden starts and stops.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, other vehicles, and obstacles.
- Do not overload the spreader. Exceeding the weight capacity of the spreader can damage it and make it unsafe to operate.
- Apply salt evenly. Avoid over-salting, as this can be harmful to the environment and can create slippery conditions.
- Be careful when spreading salt near water bodies or other sensitive areas.
Here are some additional considerations:
- Make sure that the forklift is properly equipped to tow the spreader. The forklift must have a hitch with a weight rating that is greater than the weight of the spreader.
- Connect the spreader to the forklift using a sturdy tow bar. Make sure that the tow bar is properly secured and that the spreader is level.
- Be aware of the weight distribution of the forklift and spreader combination. The forklift may need to be loaded with counterweights in order to maintain stability.
- Operate the spreader in reverse when possible. This will help to prevent the salt from being blown back onto the forklift.
- Clean the spreader after each use. This will help to prolong the life of the spreader and prevent the salt from corroding the metal components.