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Understanding Daily OSHA Forklift Inspection Guidelines

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The material handling industry depends on safe and efficient solutions like forklifts to move goods, but certain guidelines must be followed to make sure they are in safe working condition. At Barclay Brand Ferdon, we have served New York and New Jersey with both high-quality products and industry expertise to keep our clients satisfied and safe in the workplace for many years. Here, we explain the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) forklift inspection guidelines, helping you to ensure your company is operating safely and in compliance.

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How Often Should Operators Inspect Their Forklift?

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Operating heavy machinery takes a high degree of attention and professionalism. While everyone has their own set of standards and expectations for those operating forklifts on the floor, there are also federal mandates enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that every operator needs to abide by. One of the most frequent questions we receive pertains to forklift inspection and how often it should be performed. Barclay Brand Ferdon has been inspecting and servicing forklifts in New York and New Jersey for over 25 years. Here’s a closer look at what you should know about forklift inspection.

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How Often Should a Forklift Be Serviced?

How Often Should a Forklift Be Serviced?

When operating heavy machinery, you need to be sure that everything is operating as the manufacturer intended. This is to ensure the safety of both the operator and those working with and around them. A defective or malfunctioning forklift very quickly becomes the biggest safety hazard in your facility, so you must address and schedule maintenance for it. While there are no definitive mandates on how frequently a forklift should be serviced, there are intervals that many in the industry adhere to in terms of regularly scheduled maintenance. Barclay Brand Ferdon has serviced forklifts for decades, and here, we share our insights on forklift service frequency so that you can keep your operators and employees safe.

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Forklift Maintenance Checklist

Forklift Maintenance Checklist

The benefits of regular forklift maintenance have been proven. Material handling facilities experience less downtime, lower repair costs, and longer equipment lifespan with regularly scheduled service by experienced techs. At the same time, regular forklift inspections can identify any problems before they escalate and require costly repairs. Here, Barclay Brand Ferdon shares a forklift maintenance checklist to keep your fleet in optimal condition.

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6 Forklift Maintenance Tips to Help with Safety

6 Forklift Maintenance Tips to Help with Safety

There’s no substitute for regular forklift maintenance. When a facility depends on lift trucks to stay productive, maintenance helps prevent unexpected downtime and costly repairs. At the same time, service is extremely important for forklift safety. To demonstrate the value of regular maintenance as part of your forklift safety program, Barclay Brand Ferdon offers six tips to keep lift trucks in good condition.

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Why Food Safety Is an Important Part of Forklift Training


The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), housed within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is responsible for preventing unsafe food products – including eggs, meat, and poultry – from entering the country’s supply chain. To ensure food safety for all consumers, the FSIS carries out inspections of food processing and handling operations, analyzing every aspect of daily business – down to a company’s forklifts. It also maintains a set of laws that all food-related facilities must adhere to. Barclay Brand Ferdon takes a closer look at the importance of food safety training for forklift operators.

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5 Rules and Tips for Forklift Safety


Whether you work in warehousing, logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food production, or distribution, maneuvering a forklift (or several) is likely part of your business’ day-to-day operations. While these pieces of machinery offer a host of advantages, such as improving your workplace’s efficiency, they must be operated with extreme care and skill to avoid injuries, damaged goods, and other unfortunate outcomes. Here, Barclay Brand Ferdon offers five rules and tips to ensure forklift safety at your jobsite.

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Goods and Industries that Require Higher-Security Material Handling Protocols

Goods and Industries that Require Higher-Security Material Handling Protocols

Just one instance of theft can be devastating to warehouses and suppliers. Not only does the company lose stock but also the confidence of clients and shareholders. Meanwhile, employees feel unsafe when they know their workplace is vulnerable. This is why ensuring the security of the facility is a must. Here, Barclay Brand Ferdon outlines industries and types of goods where high-security material handling protocols are especially crucial.

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Audit & Analysis: Signs You Have an Unneeded Surplus of Material Handling Equipment


Efficient material handling processes are the backbone of many warehouses. Material handling systems can impact all aspects of your business, but different equipment for every occasion may not always be necessary. Housing surplus material handling equipment is a common problem that warehouses struggle with, but by streamlining the use of certain machines, you may see numerous benefits to workflow and efficiency. Here, Barclay Brand Ferdon discusses some ways you can be aware of unneeded equipment and how addressing this issue may benefit your business in the long run.

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Gauging Your Terrain: What Sort of Lift Trucks Do You Need?

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Forklifts are necessary pieces of equipment among many warehouses and distribution facilities – but one size does not always fit all. Factors like landscape, product storage requirements, warehouse layout and more can play a factor in choosing which type of lift truck might be the best for your business. Here, Barclay Brand Ferdon will discuss some different types of lift trucks and terrains to help you pinpoint which may be right for you.

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Rack Safety Tips


Rack safety is an important matter for any warehouse. A design flaw, unnoticed damage, improper assembly, or overloading can very quickly lead to a collapse. Therefore, proper techniques are essential to keeping employees safe while working near racks, as well as protecting your goods. Here, Barclay Brand Ferdon, which serves North and Central New Jersey and parts of New York, provides some lifesaving rack safety tips to implement at your facility.

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How can a Burden Carrier help me?

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While a forklift fulfills a specific and necessary role, a burden carrier can be utilized in its place for a variety of different applications and industries. By utilizing these low-cost, electric vehicles, businesses can greatly improve their operational efficiency as well as their overall performance. Here are just some of the advantages of allowing Barclay Brand Ferdon burden carriers to share the load:

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In The News: Dedicated Staff Spans Decades at South Plainfield-Based Barclay

We're proud to share this feature article on our team focusing on the many years (some decades) of working at Barclay that a large number of our staff has.

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In The News: South Plainfield-Based Barclay Committed to Customer Satisfaction

Barclay is proud to share that we have been featured in an article about our commitment to customer service. Way to go team Barclay for working together and living our motto “100% Customer Satisfaction.”

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Caring for Your Idle Battery

Tips for Idle Forklift Battery Care

Many customers who have reduced their workforce or temporarily closed facilities are leaving their forklifts and batteries idle. The purpose of this letter is to provide instructions to maintain batteries that will be idle or out of service for more than three weeks.

To prevent damage and reduced cycle life, batteries must be fully charged prior to extended idle periods. A small amount of additional care is required to ensure each battery achieves maximum life. Due to the differences in construction of Vented Lead‐Acid VLA/Flooded batteries and NexSys Thin Plate Pure Lead/TPPL batteries, separate instructions are required.

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Warehouse 101: Selecting the Right Partner to Plan, Design and Equip Your Warehouse for Growth with you.

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If your business distributes thousands of SKU’s to a high volume of customers, your storage facility’s layout and material handling fleet will determine your operational efficiency and revenue. When these key elements are planned and designed correctly, many companies have experienced an increase in sales as a result.

One of Barclay’s prospects, now a client, came to us after receiving unsatisfactory guidance from another forklift truck provider. They wanted to sell them a truck……we sold them a solution. The company was a small, local company that specialized in outdoor water sports and provided lessons as well. Here’s a closer look at how Barclay Brand Ferdon solved this client’s fulfillment issues.

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Barclay Brand Ferdon’s COVID-19 Response


In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., the Barclay Brand Ferdon team is taking several measures to support our clients during this difficult time. We’ve always strived to help keep your operations efficient and effective, and that’s more important than ever for businesses in essential industries like medical supplies, warehousing, supply chain logistics, food and beverage, utilities, and more. That’s why we’ve rolled out the strategies outlined below to keep things moving as you work hard to meet urgent demands from your own customers.

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How Do I Finance My Lift Truck and Other Material Handling Equipment?

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If you currently own or operate a warehouse, then you know just how important employing the right materials handling equipment is in improving efficiencies in your operation. Technologies are constantly changing and making sure you are utilizing the most productive lift trucks or other equipment is essential to staying competitive in this business environment. However, the purchase price of these assets are not cheap especially if you keep pace with technology and are turning your fleet every 3 to 5 years. At Barclay Brand Ferdon, we strive to help our clients find the right lift truck financing option for their business. Here’s a closer look at what to consider and the methods of payment we make available to you.

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Protecting Your Assets in the Warehouse and Plant

For any material handling operation to be successful, safety must be the number one priority. Yet time and space constraints often prompt warehouses and plants to create narrower aisles and taller pallet racks to store more product, significantly upping the risk of workplace accidents and injuries.

That’s why these businesses need comprehensive warehouse pallet racking protection systems. To teach you more about these safeguards, New Jersey-based Barclay Brand Ferdon outlines the types of solutions that will help maximize your gains by enhancing the safety of your workplace.

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Yale Man-Up Turret Truck Provides the Solution for a Freezer Storage Warehouse

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If your business operates in cold or freezer storage warehouses, you’re familiar with the unique challenges this work presents. As downtime in a freezer environment can be especially costly, any issues that arise must be met with a swift and efficient solution. That’s exactly what one of our clients – a popular food manufacturer based in New Jersey – learned when they encountered a challenge with their freezer space. Here’s a closer look at how Barclay Brand Ferdon solved their problem with a Yale Man-Up Turret Truck with a Heated Operator Cab.

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