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It’s National Fork Lift Safety Day!



The Industrial Truck Association has announced it’s second annual Forklift Safety Day, to be held today, Tuesday, June 9.  There are ways to help create awareness about the dangers that forklifts present and how to minimize the potential for accidents that can result in injury or death, damage to your facility, equipment and financial losses.

Here is  a short list of things you can do to improve safety on and around your forklifts.


  1. Make sure all your forklift operators have been trained and that their refresher training is up to date, if applicable or necessary.
  2. Take time to teach your forklift operators the importance of daily inspections of their forklifts. Daily inspections reduce the risk of equipment failure and catch small problems before they blossom into giant ones. 
  3. Download and post forklift safety posters.
  4. Take some time to gather any staff that operates around forklifts, to refresh them about the dangers of this equipment and how to use safe procedures when they are in an area of your facility where forklifts are being operated.
  5. Make sure all your forklift’s maintenance is up to date. If you have a Planned Maintenance Agreement, this would be a good time to review it with your service provider to ensure all standard checkpoints as well as unique equipment attachments are being inspected and maintained properly.
  6. Review any unique “site specific” features your facility may have and be sure your operators are aware of proper handling of equipment while on or around these features (ramps, areas where floors can be slick, floor substrates that vary etc…)
  7. Make sure that training is part of your company’s orientation for anyone that will or might operate a forklift. Employees who have not been properly trained, shouldn’t even be allowed to sit on a forklift, much less move it out to another area of your warehouse.
  8. Make sure you forklifts have proper safety equipment and that it’s operating properly. Lights, horns, back-up alarms, seat belts, fire extinguishers etc… 
  9. Make sure you have lock-out kits to ensure that forklifts that do not pass an inspection are locked out immediately until repairs are made.
  10. Review all your forklifts for possible replacement. Review safety records and maintenance logs for your equipment. 

Forklifts are a vital part of your business. They can be your best friend when it comes to getting the job done, or  your worst enemy if used the wrong way. Stay tuned for more safety tips this week and all month long!

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Springs, Hinges, and Panels – Oh My

Perhaps you are a self proclaimed do-it-yourself guru? From building shelves, flooring to hanging chandeliers, you do-it-yourself. If you prefer to do some maintenance of your garage yourself, be safe, and also note that garage doors use two different types of spring mechanisms to ease lifting and lowering.

1. Extension springs are located above the upper tracks on both sides.

2. Torsion springs are attached to the header directly above the closed door.

If you have torsion springs, do not try to replace the rollers in the bottom bracket. Broken garage door torsion springs make it nearly impossible to use your garage door. Not to take anything from your  DIY skills,  but it is a job for a professional with the correct tools. Continue practicing safety and give Omega Door and Hardware a call! Visit our services page: Omega KC Services.
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Turn a Garage Door Disaster Into an Open-and-Shut Case

We’re rolling things along with our focus on Garage Door Safety Month. We’ll take a look at some helpful advice on what to do when someone hits your garage door (yes, it does happen – all of us are in a hurry at one time or another).

If someone has backed into your garage door– it’s crrrrunnnch time – as in you have a limited amount of time to protect the safety of your business or home! A partially open garage door poses security concerns if the garage provides access into your home or business. It is also your responsibility as a business owner for liability reasons. Therefore,  it’s a good idea to have the door inspected as soon as possible and/or repaired by a trained service technician such as the Professionals at Omega Door and Hardware where 24/7 services are a  standard business practice.

Keeping safety first and foremost, remember that even if the door doesn’t appear to be severely damaged, the operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely, creating what could be a dangerous environment.

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Here at Omega Door and Hardware, these types of  garage door calls come in more often than one would believe. “Someone just backed into our garage door,” a Customer usually says with a sullen sigh.

There are cables that could snap and springs that are under a lot of pressure so do not attempt to fix the door yourself. Your sectional roll-up garage door is composed of at least three hinged panels (usually steel, although some are wooden).  When weighing costs and benefits, remember that safety is paramount. If there is any kind of damage, do not continue to open and close your garage until you can repair or replace the door.

What if the garage door is stuck open?

Again, that open garage door is a concern. If you only tapped the door and there isn’t very much damage, you can manually close the door, but don’t use force.  “The automatic opener is only putting as much force or pull as you would by hand, so if the door is stuck or heavy, you could damage the opener, motor, chain or belt by applying too much force,” says Tom Perro, co-owner of highly rated Royal Doors located in Florence, New Jersey.

You should call for emergency services and a service technician will try to get there as soon as possible.  Take care out there, and stay tuned for more Garage Door Safety Info from Omega Door and Hardware of Kansas City.