What to Look for in a Forklift Workstage
24 Sep 2020 Warehouse Equipment
One of the most useful tools for warehouses that store stock on high shelves is a forklift workstage. These platforms can be attached to forklifts and elevated so that warehouse workers can retrieve inventory from high storage areas as well as do other assembly and maintenance work that would have otherwise required a precarious ladder to be set up. At Unitran Manufacturers, we create a wide variety of useful equipment for use in warehouses and other industries and, if you are looking for an elevated work platform for your facility, we can help you discern what to look for in a forklift workstage.
What to Prioritize in a Forklift Workstage
There are a few things that are important to look for when comparing forklift workstages for a facility. Some of the different things to keep in mind include:
Safety and Construction
The number one priority for a forklift workstage should be how safe and well-constructed it is. The workstage should have a safety rail that is at least 42” high to protect workers from falling, and the gate to get in and out of the workstage should securely latch. The deck should be stable and easy to move around on, and the entire workstage should be welded. Other additional features that can protect users include:
- Safety chains
- Mesh backing to separate operators from the forklift
- Kick plates
Size and Weight Capacity
The sizes of most forklift workstages are usually pretty consistent with one another, but it is often possible to find slightly larger workstages that allow for a great range of motion. Make sure that safety is not sacrificed for the sake of extra space. The weight capacity of the forklift workstage should be high enough to support a worker and any equipment that they might need to transport.
Some forklift workstages are available with additional features that can make for a better, more useful product. If the forklift workstage is going to be used for maintenance or other industrial work, it might be worth having a tool tray. Powder coating can help to ensure that the forklift workstage lasts for as long as possible.
If you would like to find out more about what to look for in a forklift workstage in order to get the best product possible, or if you are interested in any of the other products that we manufacture, please contact us at 604-574-3465. We have over 50 years of experience in the fabrication industry as a Canadian warehouse equipment provider.