Forklifts and Pallet Stackers

Q: Are forklifts allowed in the building? 

Forklifts are not allowed in the building for the following reasons:

  • They pose a safety hazard in the building, either to the operators or to other individuals in the building. Forklifts require specialized training to operate safely and they may present a risk of collision or injury to people in the building, especially if the building is not designed to accommodate their use.

  • They may cause damage to the building or its contents, either due to the size or weight of the forklifts or the materials being moved. Forklifts are designed to lift and move heavy loads, and they may cause damage to the building's structure or finishes if they are used improperly. Additionally, the materials being moved with forklifts may be too heavy or bulky to be safely handled in the building.

  • We also don't allow stacking above the modular wall height, so forklifts aren't necessarily useful for moving materials within the building. In this case, other methods of supply and inventory handling, such as hand trucks, carts, and pallet stackers may be more suitable (see the next question).

Q: What are the alternatives to using forklifts in the building?

There are a number of alternatives to using forklifts in a building, depending on the specific needs and circumstances. Some options may include:

  • Hand trucks or dollies: These devices can be used to move smaller or lighter items within the building.
  • Pallet jacks: These devices can be used to easily move pallets of materials within the building. 
  • Pallet stacker: The pallet stacker can generally lift pallets anywhere between 3 inches and 8 feet high.
  • Manual labor: In some cases, it may be easier to transport items physically and we have a staff on-site to help with any and all needs! It's also easier to organize inventory in a suite when you are able to remove the items from the pallet and design the space in a way that allows for the most efficient pick-and-pack setup. 

Q: Are there any exceptions to the rule about not using forklifts in the building?

There may be exceptions to the rule about not using forklifts in the building, depending on the specific circumstances and the policies in place at that particular building. As a general rule, we do not allow them in our locations; however, there have been rare instances where we have allowed electric forklifts to operate within your suite only and this would be a conversion to have with the Location Operations Manager in your specific building. Any additional power required would be an additional fee and would be able to provide a quote on a case by case basis.

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