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Lift truck Battery Dangers
The main choice of forklifts for numerous supply outlets or warehouses are electric models which are required to transport equipment and heavy items out of and into storage. These devices are battery powered with big batteries allowing the lifting of heavy cargo. Normally, warehouse personnel are responsible for recharging the batteries or swapping them out during a shift. Though these batteries have been developed and designed with safety at the forefront, there are still some problems a handler has to know and things to be prevented when in the vicinity of the batteries.

Weight
Several forklift batteries can weigh up to 2000 lbs. or 1 ton, depending upon the type. These extreme weights factors will need mechanical assistance to safely charge and change the battery. Approximately 50 percent of all lift truck battery-related injuries are caused by improper moving and lifting these heavy pieces of machinery. Sometimes jacks, specialized carts, or even other forklifts are used in order to transport and move heavy batteries. The overall success of using these pieces of machine depends on how the handler safely affixes the battery to the cart. Unfortunately, severe injuries could occur because of falling batteries.

There are strict protocols in the industry that describe how and when a forklift battery must be charged. Nearly all companies have extensive regulations and rules describing the safest method to remove the forklift battery in a safe and efficient way.

Corrosives
It is important to realize that lift truck batteries are filled with corrosive liquids which need proper safety measures followed in order to handle them. Two of the most common forklift battery types include sulfuric acid and potassium hydroxide. These are both very corrosive materials which can cause chemical burns to the hands, skin, eyes and face.

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