Work Platform for a Forklift – What You Should Know

Forklift Safety Cage

Work Platform for a Forklift – What You Should Know

What else is this thing called? I had trouble finding it.

You will sometimes find this forklift cage referred to as a man cage. It is most likely because of the shape of the forklift. It could also be because of the safety mesh put on the cage to make sure that no fingers or limbs get cut off when you are facing towards the forklift. You may also see this particular item referred to as a man basket as well. They all mean the same thing and that is a work platform for a forklift.

Is this intended for long uses or work that takes a while?

No. You would be better served with a scissor lift. It is meant for quick jobs and a temporary solution. If you need to reach a high place quickly then you can use this lift in a pinch but safety inspectors would rather see a scissor lift used if at all possible.

I’ve seen a couple of these and they were tiny. How big is yours?

The one we carry, in particular, has enough room to fit two people. We would not recommend you put two people into this platform while working as it was intended for one person at a time. However, you could fit two people standing back to back comfortably, in most cases, if it was on the ground and not in use on a forklift. Standing side by side would not work on this platform and is not how this particular piece of equipment was intended to be used. Therefore, it could be dangerous if attempted. A person is intended to stand in the center of this forklift when it is raising or lowering with his or her hands on the safety rails.

What is that chain in the back for anyway?

The chain on the back of this item is intended to secure the cage to the forklift. It is an added feature to help protect you or your employees in case of an emergency. It should always be used when you use the platform. It is better to have the extra backup in case there is a problem. It is probably a good time to mention that many places recommend that your forklift be set so that your hydraulic lifting mechanism cannot drop the basket or cage faster than 135 feet per minute.

If you are looking for a work platform for a forklift then this could be the one for you. Have a look at the platform by clicking the link in this sentence. If you have more questions then call 503-447-1284.

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