Discussion:
Seatbelts to isolate transmission rather than ignition

We have been looking to replace our forklift seatbelts with units that isolate ignition. These units do not allow the unit to be running unless the seatbelt is fastened. Problem is, all of our operations involve picking. We are afraid this change will result is a substantial increase in starter failures. Is a unit available that could isolate the transmission? We use four Catepillar forklifts; (GC25, T50D, GC25 & TGC25) as well as a newly acquired Clark GCX25E. One of these units already has a transmission interlock switch on the steering column that I assumed we could work with. Any thoughts?
  • Posted 23 Mar 2016 00:44
  • Discussion started by richard_o
  • Maryland, United States
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I have seen the same problem, we used it to enlighten the customer about electric truck options.
  • Posted 26 Mar 2016 01:42
  • Reply by BREWSKI
  • Nebraska, United States
I would think that changing the parameters for the engine/drive train of the lift truck in any way would be a HUGE liability issue. Maybe adding a separate horn assy which only activated when the unit was running w/the seatbelt not engaged might be an option.

As far as wearing out starters- you are spot on. I had a national account which was very safety conscience & they began a program which required the forklift to be turned off every time the operator left the seat. Needles to say that starters & ring gears became a majority of the repairs I did. Unfortunately, from a safety standpoint, the program didn't last a year.
  • Posted 23 Mar 2016 05:04
  • Modified 23 Mar 2016 05:09 by poster
  • Reply by bbforks
  • Pennsylvania, United States
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Richard,

I would check with you local OSHA official. The reason for this is most states, if not all, state that the operator must be in on the unit when it is running. A truck should never be left running when no one is in the operators compartment for safety reasons.
  • Posted 23 Mar 2016 02:52
  • Reply by Partsguy5
  • California, United States

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