Forklift vehicles are a familiar sight in industrial premises and on construction sites where they are in frequent use for moving loads around the premises safely and efficiently. However, drums are not so easily transported on a standard forklift. In order to be able to move them safely, attachments are needed to make the forklift truck suitable.
Forklift truck attachments are commonly used on industrial and construction sites, where they may be needed to move drums around a large area. They are also frequently found in warehouses to move the drums from their storage place to the vehicles taking them to where they are needed. They may also be used in waste management sites to empty drums of their contents for safe disposal. However, these locations are by no means exhaustive. If you have a forklift truck and need to use it to manoeuvre drums, then forklift attachments are ideal.
Drum grippers and drum clamps
Drum grippers and drum clamps are forklift extensions that are attached securely to the forklift truck using wingnuts. The automatic closing clamps securely hold the drum, allowing it to be transported without accident. Mostly, they can hold one drum with a load capacity of 300 or 350kg. If you are likely to need to transport two drums at a time, take a look at the Drum Gripper SH 2, which can hold two 205-litre drums.
A full drum is a heavy object, and even several people working together will struggle to lift it. That is where a Vertical/Horizontal Combination Action Drum Lifter comes into its own. Attached onto a forklift, this drum handling equipment copes easily with the weight. The clamp jaws of the drum lifter are lined with rubber for additional safety and utilise a scissor gripper to lift the drum. It can move the drum vertically or horizontally and is also used for dispensing or pouring.
For the lifting, turning and emptying of drums, take a look at our range of drum turners. Chains are used to attach them securely to the forklift truck, while jaws and a belt secure the drum. With a hand wheel, their operation is simple but effective. To choose which one is the best fit for your business, consider the size and type of the drums that you are moving, as well as how much you need to rotate them. The Drum Turner for Steel Drums can handle steel drums with a radius of 400 to 620mm and can rotate 360 degrees, while the Drum Turner SV handles plastic and steel drums with a radius of 380 to 600mm and rotates 180 degrees.
Forklift attachments are designed to make the moving and lifting of drums a safe process without the risk of the heavy drums falling and causing a serious injury. As with all safety equipment, they should only be used by authorised personnel, and anyone required to use them should be fully trained in their operation. Make sure that the drums that you use fit the attachments and are of a high standard. Take a look at our range of Drums to ensure that you have an adequate supply of good-quality drums for your premises.
With good safety standards, the risk of accidents involving forklift and forklift trucks are minimal. However, as accidents still occur even in the best-run premises, provide your staff with effective personal protective equipment to maintain the highest work safety standards.
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