Forklifts are some of the most versatile machines in the world. They’re used in hundreds of industries to lift, transport and move loads that would otherwise be dangerous or impractical to lift.
One of the things that makes forklifts so versatile is third-party attachments. These attachments slip over the tynes of the forklift (or bolt onto the carriage) and allow trucks to move all types of loads, including people.
The challenge is that forklift attachments alter the way a forklift behaves. Used incorrectly, forklift attachments can pose a risk to operators, so they are subject to strict requirements under the Australian Standards.
In this article we’ll explore the Australian Standards that govern forklift attachments, and how Bremco ensures each of our products meets or exceeds these requirements.
Australian Standards AS 2359.1 Powered Industrial Trucks
Forklift attachments are governed by AS 2359.1 Powered Industrial Trucks.
The standards set out a number of requirements for the design and manufacture of jib attachments and work platforms. Work platforms pose a risk to forklift operators, and jib attachments alter the handling characteristics of the truck, so these devices must be designed with input from a competent person.
How Bremco Meets AS 2359.1
Each of our forklift attachments and man cages is individually designed and tested for compliance with AS 2359.1.
Requirements vary depending on the type and use of the attachment. Bremco ensures our equipment meets the relevant standards with features like:
- Fully welded construction
- Independent tyne locks
- Safety harness attachment points (compliant with AS 1891.4)
- Load rating charts
Our forklift man cages also come with additional compliance measures, such as 25x25x3mm mesh infill panels, checker plate tub sections, handrails and toe kicks. These features allow you to control the risks that come with lifting personnel and ensure operators are protected.
In addition to the above, our attachments undergo load testing prior to shipping, and each comes attached with a compliance plate showing the relevant standards.
Designed by Experienced Engineering Professionals
One of the major requirements of AS 2359.1 is that all forklift attachments and cages must be designed by a competent person – typically an engineer.
The team at Bremco has over 30 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of forklift cages and attachments. Attachments that need to meet AS 2359.1 are designed with input from our local engineering partners.
Their support ensures our products meet or exceed AS 2359.1 while providing a safe and efficient alternative to manual handling.
Our engineering partners also play a crucial role in our custom forklift attachments. If you need a custom attachment that meets unique requirements, Bremco can work with you to design, manufacture, test and supply the equipment you need. Our engineering partners will provide input throughout the project, so we can design a custom attachment that’s suitable for any application.
100% Australian Manufacturing
Bremco’s forklift attachments are 100% Australian designed and manufactured. Our equipment is manufactured at our Brisbane facility using the highest quality materials and coatings.
Local manufacturing means we can provide unmatched quality and support. If you need custom attachments, want more information about attachments purchased from Bremco, or if you need to return your attachments for any reason, we’re always happy to help.
Protect Your Operators with Compliant Forklift Attachments from Bremco
Forklifts are an indispensable tool for many workplaces. Improper use of forklifts and attachments can pose a risk to operators, so it’s important to choose equipment from a manufacturer that focuses on safety.
The team at Bremco has been designing, manufacturing and supplying forklift attachments for over 30 years. We work closely with engineering partners and industry bodies to ensure our equipment meets or exceeds the relevant standard. Our aim is to create materials handling solutions that are efficient and easy to use without compromising workplace safety.
We carry an extensive range of standard forklift attachments, work platforms and man cages that are compliant with AS 2359.1. We are also equipped to manufacture custom attachments that meet your requirements and the relevant Australian Standard.
You can explore our catalogue online, or contact us for a quote on forklift attachments for your business.