Although forklift batteries are reasonably safe, there are a few hazards associated with handling the units. Multi-Shifter's battery handling equipment is designed not only for convenience and fleet efficiency, but also for safety.
Workers who touch exposed terminals can suffer serious electrical shocks that can cause skin burns, muscle spasms, respiratory and heart failure and even death. Even people who carefully avoid the terminals can get a serious shock if a tool, jewelry or other metal object brings someone into indirect contact with live electricity.
Multi-Shifter's battery handling equipment minimizes an employee's contact with the terminals, and reduces the chance of dangerous electrical shock. All of our products are designed to distance the operator from the power cell, and to minimize the chance that an electrical circuit between the user and the terminals can be completed.
The acid in forklift batteries may seem minor, but sulfuric acid is a strongly corrosive substance. It can cause scarring skin burns, and eye damage so severe it can lead to permanent blindness. Workers may know to be careful when opening battery caps, but they can also be splashed with acid if the power cell should drop during removal or transport.
Our battery handling equipment holds batteries securely so they can't fall, and our patented bed design ensures they won't roll off during transport. Operators stand far enough away from the cells that even in the extremely unlikely even one splashes acid, the worker should be safe.
One of the most overlooked dangers in lead-acid power cells is the potential for the buildup of volatile hydrogen gas. During recharging, batteries naturally give off a small amount of gas. Over a long period, the gas can build up in pockets in the room where any spark or ignition source can trigger a fiery explosion.
Workers cannot detect hydrogen since it has no odor or color, so the gas could build up for hours without anyone realizing. Recharging should be done only in well-ventilated areas, and all ignition sources such as flames or cigarettes should be expressly forbidden.
Batteries are very heavy. Workers can injure their backs, shoulders, and other muscles and joints if they are not very careful when lifting and transferring the power cells. An employee who drops one of these batteries on his foot better hope he's wearing steel-toed boots. A better option than manual transport is our line of battery handling equipment such as lifters and shifters.
Let the machines do the heavy lifting so your workers don't risk injury. Although our products are designed to be simple to operate, we strongly recommend every worker receive formal training on proper operation before using the equipment.
Safety should always be the primary focus of any job site. Multi-Shifter battery handling equipment protects your workers from the hazards of forklift batteries.