Toyota Forklifts TMHU CMS Site Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Facility Ventilation Practices for Safe Forklift Use Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:00:03 +0000 The use of LP, CNG, gasoline, and diesel forklifts can provide an increase in efficiency and higher ROI for many different types of operations. Whether moving material between manufacturing steps or increasing throughput in a warehouse, Toyota offers a wide variety of pneumatic tire and cushion tire gas-powered forklifts to fit your needs.

But as with any piece of heavy machinery or equipment, proper precautions have to be taken to ensure people are protected from residual impacts of their use. In the case of LP, CNG, gasoline, and diesel forklifts, exhaust fumes can be harmful to employees and products if proper precautions aren’t taken. Facility design is one of the most important factors in protecting against the harms of exhaust, but a few key ventilation precautions can greatly reduce the risks from emissions. Here are a few reminders that you can use in your own facilities or bring to your supervisor’s attention.

Warehouses Need Proper Ventilation, Too

In fact, OSHA reported that most complaints of symptoms like dizziness and headache related to LPG forklift use came from warehouses. Performing a proper audit of your warehousing air flow can help to alleviate the possibility of harm from fumes to both people and products. If you run or work in a facility that requires both manufacturing and warehouse storage operation, then it’s important to remember to ventilate both areas.

Forklifts in Enclosed Areas can Lead to Ventilation Problems

Many operators have to use forklifts in very tight areas, sometimes for long periods of time. Long exposure to fumes from an LP, gasoline, CNG, or diesel forklift can lead to the possibility of health hazards. When working in spaces like semi-trailers, within the confines of materials that can’t pass air (think cotton bails), or small rooms for storing specialty products, taking breaks is required. Understanding how to offer proper air flow to these areas by opening windows and vents and providing fans can help limit risks. And according to OSHA standard 29 CFR 1912.12(a)(2), operating forklifts onboard a ship requires special precautions to ensure the right levels of oxygen are present in tight spaces.

Weather Can Impact your Ventilation

When things get cold outside, we tend to want to keep heat in. But when you close your windows, doors, or vents, you also have to account for the fumes that might fill your forklift-operating areas. Make sure staying warm doesn’t come at the expense of fume exposure.

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Using a Fork Caliper for Fork Inspection Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:00:49 +0000 With a wide range of maintenance checks that need to be performed on all forklifts, it can be easy to allow some part of your equipment fall out of OSHA or ANSI compliance. One aspect of fork inspection that can sometimes slip between the cracks is ensuring that forks are maintained appropriately in compliance with ANSI 56B (updated in May 2017).

In order to complete the appropriate checks and maintain fork compliance, you’ll need to make appropriate use of a fork caliper. This device can be used in three important ways to help you measure fork deviations and get the appropriate information to make sure you’re following the ANSI standard.

Fork Inspection: Check Fork Angle

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The Fork angle deviation must be within a margin of 3 degrees. That means that the angle between the blade and the shank must be between 87 and 93 degrees. To use the caliper to check this, open it and place it between the plate and shank so that all four protrusions are touching. The angle can be read using the marking on the caliper. Any fork angle that falls outside of the degree range must be tagged out until the forks are replaced.

Fork Inspection: Check Fork Hooks

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The numbers on the end of the caliper indicate the forklift classes. Use the appropriate protrusion to check if the fork hooks are in compliance. Simply place the protrusion into the hook notch. If the hook hits the back of the caliper, it is out of compliance. If it does not, then the forks are fine for continued use. The above fork is in compliance.

Fork Inspection: Check Fork Blade Wear

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Begin by setting the caliper by the thickness of the shank. Place the caliper onto the blade at the point of the fork that receives the most wear, which is usually at its heel, as shown. If the blade passes the inside teeth of the caliper, then the fork is out compliance and must be tagged out until forks are replaced.

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Accommodating Different Learning Styles Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:00:27 +0000 It should come as no surprise that everyone learns differently, and that we all have different learning style. The variety of preferences and styles of learning in just one class alone can make it difficult to be an effective trainer.

There has to be a way to make sure everyone gets the most out of your class, right? Absolutely! The key is to incorporate various methods of teaching into your training facilitation. Doing so will allow you to cast a wider net in your instruction to, hopefully, catch all of the learning styles in your audience.

Let’s break down the most common types of learners and some helpful ways to teach to them:

Different Learning Styles: Visual Learners

Individuals who possess a visual learning style prefer to learn from seen or observed elements such as pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, and films. They’re also good at retaining information they read and work well from lists or written instructions. They might use phrases such as “show me” or “let’s have a look that that”.

Methods for teaching visual learners:

  • Use maps, flow charts, or webs to organize materials and concepts
  • Use pictures to describe concepts
  • Use multiple colors and color code course material
  • Utilize diagrams to help the learner visualize parts of a system

Different Learning Styles: Auditory Learners

These individuals prefer the transfer of information through listening. This can be in the form of spoken word, sounds, or music. These learners will tune into the things they hear and might use phrases such as, “tell me” or “let’s talk it over”. They’re better at performing tasks after listening to instructions from an expert.

Methods for teaching auditory learners:

  • Read off instructions and use verbal commands
  • Utilize time for group work or group projects
  • Use video and audio in presentations
  • Utilize question and answer segments in your lessons
  • Ask students to summarize material

Different Learning Styles: Kinesthetic or Tactile Learners

Kinesthetic (movement) or tactile (touching) learners prefer physical or hands-on experiences. They’ll be the ones that say, “let me try” or “how do you feel?”. They prefer perform new tasks by learning as they go. These learners like to experiment hands-on – without reading instructions first! During classes, they’re likely to read ahead in an outline to see what’s next or focus on the big picture of a lesson before reading the material.

Methods for teaching kinesthetic/tactile learners:

  • Plan an activity as part of a presentation
  • Create a “skills lab” to allow for hands-on practice time
  • Plan breaks to keep students from sitting too long
  • Suggest they use different colors and drawings when taking notes
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Is Driving a Forklift Like Driving a Car? Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:32 +0000 If you’ve never driven a forklift before, it may seem exactly like driving a car. However, the four wheels and the seatbelt (in most cases) are where the similarities end. If you try to drive a forklift the same way you would a sedan, you’ll realize how different they are, and potentially cause a lot of damage and harm in the process.

Forklifts use rear-wheel steering because the front wheels bear the load of whatever is being carried. Due to this feature, forklifts behave differently than modern sedans when it comes to turning or steering. You cannot take turns too quickly, as this action can put the forklift at risk of a tipover or spilled load. Operators must also account for rear-end swing when turning, as the large and heavy counterweight swings out behind the forklift. Failure to account for this can cause damage to equipment and harm to pedestrians.

Forklift operators spend a great deal of time driving in reverse. Large loads on the forks can sometimes obscure operator vision, making it necessary to drive backwards for maximum visibility. When driving down a hill with a load, operators must often drive in reverse to keep loads from slipping off the forks and to maintain stability. Driving with the load down the slope could cause a tipover due to a change in weight distribution. Operators should be specifically trained for many situations, and should constantly monitor their surroundings for potential hazards or unaware pedestrians.

You may think you can drive a forklift because you can drive a car, but never attempt to operate heavy machinery without appropriate training and certification.

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Practicing Toyota Core Values: Be Kind and Generous Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:00:04 +0000 Toyota Material Handling USA’s core values are a guiding force for all employees. One in particular sticks out to me: “Be kind and generous. Strive to create a warm, homelike atmosphere.” How do we make this happen?

If you’re anything like me, you make it a point to smile at people. Whether in passing at the office, at the grocery store, or in a meeting, nothing sets the tone for your day like starting it off with a smile. And if you’ve ever seen the musical Annie, you know “you’re never fully dressed without a smile” to be a tried and true statement.

Smiling has also been proven to be good for your health and for your workplace performance. Here are just some of the ways smiling can impact your day:

Mood Boost

Smiles combat your worries, a key disrupter of your overall mood. You have endorphins to thank for this simple supercharge.  These happy hormones are known to relieve pain and stress.


That same mood boost helps open up creative avenues. Negativity can stifle open-mindedness, making it difficult to find your way into the right headspace for creative thinking.

Increased Trust

Smiling can help you seem more approachable and, not surprisingly, more trustworthy. In turn, this perception can have a positive impact on your relationships, both in and out of the office.


Your happiness plays a critical role in your productivity in the workplace. And, since smiles are contagious, you might just inspire that same dose of happiness in those around you. And to think that improving company culture can start with something so small!

Being kind and generous is more than one of Toyota’s core values. It’s a practice you can take with you everywhere you go. With the day-to-day obstacles of the daily grind, it’s easy to get lost or overburdened by your own attitude, no matter what industry you work in!  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, that’s normal. Take a minute to relax, reflect, and, most importantly, share a smile.  Try it now.  See how many smiles you can generate in your coworkers today!

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Anticipating Hazards for Loading and Unloading Trailers Safely Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:00:05 +0000 The use of forklifts in shipping and receiving increases productivity and efficiency. Because this is a common practice throughout many industries, drivers, forklift operators, and other associates might skip important safety precautions in pursuit of efficiency. It’s important to remember how much heavy equipment is involved in the loading and unloading process. The maximum legal weight of a loaded semi-truck and trailer can be 80,000 lbs. distributed across 18 wheels . Forklifts have varying weights, but driving into a trailer can easily add a 9,000 lb. weight onto the floor. Not to mention what the loads of pallet materials weigh.

In the middle of all this heavy machinery are operators and drivers tasked with moving quickly and efficiently to increase product throughput. Their safety is of utmost importance during this common, but potentially dangerous, shifting of materials using forklifts and other handling equipment. Therefore, it is necessary to remember some important procedures that will help everyone with loading and unloading trailers safely.

Loading and Unloading Trailers Safely: Inspect Your Trailers 

Inspecting the flooring of trailers is important before loading and after unloading. OSHA suggests that trailer floors be inspected to ensure they can support the forklift and load. Remember to check for weaknesses in unsupported sections of floor to help avoid collapse when a forklift enters a trailer. But don’t just stop at a floor inspection. Also look for weaknesses in walls and ceilings of the trailer. When a heavy forklift enters the trailer to deliver or remove a load, it puts pressure on the entire trailer structure. A bowing wall can just as easily lead to trailer collapse as a weak floor. Trailer inspection means inspecting the whole trailer.

Loading and Unloading Trailers Safely: Have the Right Wheel Equipment and Jacks

The OSHA powered industrial truck standard 29 CFR 1910.78 requires that wheel stops or chocks be put in place during loading and unloading help ensure trucks do not roll while they are being loaded or unloaded. On the occasion that a semitrailer is not attached to a tractor, the standard advises the fixed jacks may be necessary to prevent upending of the trailers. Having these pieces of equipment at your shipping and receiving docks is a must, and failure to use them in a needed application can create dangerous situations, whether you’re a driver, operator, or other associate in the area. This failure can also result in a hefty fine.

Loading and Unloading Trailers Safely: Use Dockboards Properly

The connection between the dock and the trailer is one of the most important places where safety protocols are necessary. Both portable and powered dockboards can create hazards if they are not properly maintained and used. All dockboards need to be properly secured by anchors or anti-slipping devices. It’s important to always drive straight across a dockboard so that the forklift does not topple in transition. And never stop on a dockboard, as the sustained weight of the forklift plus load can lead to collapse.

Loading and unloading trailers safely takes teamwork and dedication to inspections procedures. Make sure that you are aware of the loading and unloading protocols in your facility and are prepared to correct others when you see breaches of protocol.

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Preparing for Electric Pallet Jack Training: How to Operate Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:00:25 +0000 Electric walkie pallet jacks are excellent tools for mid-range runs, unloading deliveries, and stocking products in retail settings. They fill an important role alongside forklifts and other powered industrial equipment. While they may seem like less powerful machines compared to large forklifts, walkies can quickly and easily move loads weighing thousands of pounds. Like all equipment, they must be handled carefully and effectively by trained and certified operators. While this article will not replace expert-led training, you may use it as a source for helpf6ul reminders and insights for safe operation of electric pallet jacks.

Electric Pallet Jack Training: Tips and Best Practices

Even if you have previously completed training on this class of products, take the time to get familiar with its unique features and design. Equipment features can vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer and assuming all features are the same can be very dangerous. If you have questions bring them to your supervisor and be sure to read the operator manual.


  • Know the capacity before operating
  • Familiarize yourself with safety features such as a direction reverse switch “belly button”
  • Keep your speeds low and be ready to stop. Always stop completely before changing directions
  • When hauling loads, walk in front of the walkie and partly to the side, pulling it behind you
  • Unless you have a two-tiered load and a load backrest, you should travel with the load downhill when going up or down slopes



  • No passengers
  • No sudden movements – this can cause spilled loads
  • No sprinting
  • No pushing or towing extra loads

Preparing for Electric Pallet Jack Training: Rider Walkies

Some varieties of electric pallet jacks have a platform available for operators to ride on during longer runs around facilities. These end-controlled riders sometimes have longer forks and can be controlled both on and off the platform. When riding, hold the control tiller in one hand and the grab rail with the other with your front pointed toward the middle of the machine. When walking with the machine, you will still stand to its side and drag it behind you.

Remember: operator training and certification are both class and application specific. If you are using familiar products in a new location or work application you must complete training for those specific uses. Every unique workplace can have its own rules and policies for safe operation. Be sure you know these before you using familiar equipment in those locations.

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Increasing Awareness for Open Dock Door Safety Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:00:37 +0000 Warehouse receiving areas are some of the busiest places in a supply chain. Because of the variables involved with receiving such as unknown personnel (truck drivers) in your warehouse, the irregularity of goods received, and changing storage needs after product is received, this area in any operation can be very difficult to standardize. Amidst the controlled chaos of a receiving area, open dock doors that are not actively being used to unload a truck pose particular hazards for forklift operators and pedestrians. A lack of awareness of open dock doors can lead to dangerous situations that were more than likely preventable. Remembering a few important points about dock door safety might help increase safety while also maintaining as much efficiency as possible.

Reminders for Dock Door Safety

As an Operator, You Might Easily Back Off of One if You’re Not Paying Attention.

Even if you don’t see them in front of you, open dock doors are still there. It’s a major disaster if, in the middle of operating a forklift to handle material in the receiving area, an operator backs out an open door. Remember that awareness of what is behind you is key in maintaining dock door safety. Some dock levelers can be upgraded to automatically fold up into a protective barrier to help prevent the possibility of back off.

As a Pedestrian, You Might Easily Fall Off of One if Proper Precautions Are Not Taken.

OSHA standards require that wall opening with a drop of more than 4 feet must be chained off, roped off, or otherwise blocked off. If this precaution is not taken, distracted pedestrians might walk off open docks, potentially being harmed in the fall and being left vulnerable in a busy receiving area where trucks are moving in and out. While ropes or chains meet the OSHA requirement for block off, heavy duty safety barriers can also be purchased (many times from certified Toyota dealers).

As a Pedestrian and Operator, You Might Easily Forget that Trucks Will Eventually Fill the Door.

Dock doors are places where product is moved in quickly. Not every worker in an environment will know exactly when a truck will arrive. When working around a dock door, you must remember that semis are going to be pulling into those spaces, and drivers won’t always have the best visibility when backing in. Therefore, it is the responsibility of forklift operators and pedestrians to stand clear when a semi is arriving.

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Toyota Forklifts are Trending in Top Industries Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:46:02 +0000 Toyota’s 50-year old commitment to providing top-of-the-line forklifts to the U.S. market has been recognized across various industries. Since 1967, our core values have helped drive the success of our customer partners, and we’re excited about what the future holds as we bring world-class material handling equipment to multiple areas. Our golden anniversary is a hot topic and has been featured in October’s edition of Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation. The article features an in-depth look at our recent celebration of 50 years of U.S. sales. Check out the piece by Rachelle Blair-Fraser at IMPO’s website.

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5 Corporate Interview Tips from Toyota Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:00:48 +0000 After hours spent filling out an application and perfecting your resume and cover letter, you’ve made it this far. You’ve landed the corporate interview, and that’s half the battle. Finally, it’s go time.

Sure, corporate interviews are nerve-wracking. You can practically feel your heart about to leap from your chest – with excitement or fear, or both. A little bit of stress is good. It keeps you on our toes. But the worst thing you can do is overstress.

So, get your pencils ready and take notes! Here are a few things you’ll want to do before your interview.

5 Corporate Interview Tips

  1. Be sure to research the company!

    Don’t walk into that room having no clue what you’re getting yourself into. Peruse the company’s website and maybe read a few press releases about the business. Based on what you find, write down a list of 5-10 questions to ask your interviewer. Remember, not only is an interview a way for an employer to see if you’re a good fit, it’s an opportunity to see if they’re a good fit for you.

  2. Know your resume inside and out.

    You should be able to speak to every single point you listed on that carefully crafted piece of paper. Whether you spent the last two summers working at your own lawn mowing business or interning at a law office, come prepared with a couple anecdotes about each of your experiences. In those anecdotes, be sure to illustrate what challenges you faced and how you were able to solve them!

  3. Dress appropriately.

    Even though there’s an old adage out there that says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, showing up in your best business professional dress or suit is always the way to go.

  4. Cut the Filler Words.

    You’ve probably heard this one time and time again – but cut the filler words! Those little phrases like “um” or “uh” or “ya know” don’t lend themselves well to the person on the other end of the conversation. Oh, and related to point two above, filler words also indicate you don’t have a good feel for your own experience. Sometimes, avoiding filler words takes practice and a conscious effort to direct your speech. Find a friend and run through some basic interview questions so that you’re ready to go when the big day comes!

  5. Follow-up

    Now, technically this is a corporate interview tip for after your interview, but always follow up with a handwritten thank you note. Before you leave, make sure you collect the business cards of anyone you interviewed with so you have their contact information. Send an e-mail thanking them within 24 hours of your interview, but also go the extra mile and write a personal, handwritten note. It shows commitment, dedication, and good, old-fashioned professionalism. But remember to keep the stationary professional, too. It’s probably best to avoid those silly cards with the puppy illustrations.

So, do you feel ready to tackle your interview yet? Here, I’ll toss in one more bonus tip: breathe. You’ve prepared as best you can, so go in there, and rock it!

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