Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ANSI Standards for Clamps.

    Those of you who utilize lift truck mounted clamps in your facilities should take note that ANSI Standards are changing and it will affect you.  If you are using Paper Roll Clamps, Carton Clamps, Bale Clamps, Fork Clamps or other specialty clamps, listen up…  Beginning October 7, 2010 ANSI B56.1 Section 7.25.7 requires that an operator make two distinct motions to open a load bearing clamp.  For most manufacturers, this will take the form of a small button that an operator will need to depress before the auxiliary open function is activated.  The standard takes effect for all trucks manufactured after 10/7/10 and such a “release interlock” will be mandatory.  
     This new standard will obviously improve safety in your workplace and should also improve product damage from falling loads.  While any NEW fork trucks will be fitted with this safety device, WD Matthews is not alone in recommending that existing units in operation be retrofitted with a Clamp Release Interlock to achieve the same benefits of this feature on new equipment.  Let us know if we can help…

 Some info on retro-fit packages is available here.

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