Friday, February 3, 2017

Forklift Safety Checklist - Working Safely with your Forklift Rental

Forklift Safety Checklist: Don't Rent a Forklift Until You Read This

1. Choose the right forklift for your job and make sure it functions properly

Forklifts come in a variety of size, power, and fuel options. The following guidelines will help you choose the forklift rental that is right for your project, while keeping you safe on the job.

Standard tires are sufficient for indoor work while outdoor jobs may require rough-terrain or pneumatic tires. The forklift's fuel source and engine type are also extremely important. Internal combustion engines offer more power but are not suitable for indoor operation or in poorly ventilated areas. When working indoors, you should stick to LPG (propane) or electric powered forklifts.

Forklift manufacturers affix a “Load Capacity Plate” to each machine. This plate shows the maximum weight or “rated capacity” your forklift can safely lift. Forklift operators should be familiar with their rental forklift's “rated capacity”.

Always confirm that all safety features are fully functional. Make sure the overhead Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS) protecting the driver is intact, seat-belts are functional and a proper speed control device is fitted to your forklift. The horn, back-up alarm, proximity indicator, and lights should regularly be checked to ensure they are fully functional.

2. Make sure your job-site is forklift friendly

One of the main causes of forklift-related injuries are collisions with people. Forklift operators should take the following steps prior to the start of each new project.

Designate operating zones that are separate from pedestrian zones. These operating zones should be cordoned off with high-visibility barriers. Walkways should be provided to allow pedestrian traffic through work areas. Traffic management plans should be put into place to prevent collisions by separating machines by time or space. These plans should be indicated with signage placed in centralized areas. Employees should be made aware of these zones/walkways and should be updated to changes as they occur. Signs and mirrors should be installed at all blind spots. Hazards such as docks or ramp edges should be clearly marked.
3. Ensure ALL operators are properly trained

Forklift operators should have certified forklift training (call 1-800-DURANTE) or be within the sight lines of a certified supervisor. Operators should be aware of the layout and paths in their “operating zone”. They should always wear seat belts and be aware of hazard signs. Operators should also be mindful of speed limits and should report any damage or incidents while on duty.
4. Keep your forklifts in good working order with proper maintenance

All forklifts in your fleet should be regularly maintained, inspected, and cleaned. Any issues should be recorded and repaired. Pre-operational checklists should be filled out at the beginning of each day. These checklists should be tailored to fit the brand of your forklift and your project’s needs. Forklifts in need of service or repair should be immediately removed from the jobs-site until the necessary repairs can be made.
5. Work smarter not faster

Now that you have the right forklift, your job-site is “forklift friendly”, your operators are trained, and your forklift is in good  working order -  it's time to get to work.

To ensure all safety procedures are followed, operators should be supervised at all times. Hazards like ramps, ledges, or drains, may unbalance your forklift. These hazards should be well marked and avoided at all costs. Managers should allow enough time for operators to complete their projects at safe speeds. Work smarter, not faster.

When loading, unloading, and travelling, all loads should be checked for stability. Operators should be mindful of their forklift's weight limits and should never exceed these capacities. Travel with loads should only be attempted when the forks are down. Finally, procedures for recharging and refueling your forklift should be followed.

These are just a few safety tips to keep in mind when operating your forklift rental at maximum safety levels. For questions, or to inquire which type of forklift rental your job requires, call 1-800-DURANTE or check our our forklift rental website.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

What Type of Boom Lift Should I Rent? Straight Boom or Articulated Boom?

Straight boom lifts and articulated boom lifts may look similar, but each serves a slightly different purpose. Use this guide to decide which type of boom lift fits your project's requirements.

Straight Booms

Straight booms are also commonly referred to as “stick booms” or “telescopic booms”. Straight booms usually outperform articulating booms in both reach and capacity. The straight boom's single arm can extend anywhere from 45 to 180 feet, maneuvering maximum capacities of 500 to 1,000 pounds, usually a maximum of two operators. Some straight booms come equipped with "dual-fuel" (gas or LPG) options, for both indoor and outdoor applications as LPG will not create any hazardous fumes.

Straight booms are ideal for situations where horizontal reach is as important as vertical reach. They can extend over rivers, obstacles, and delicate or hazardous areas.These booms have a variety of uses including, sporting events, inspections, bridgework, construction, painting and general high-reach maintenance applications.

Articulated Booms

These versatile machines are also known as “cherry pickers”, “knuckle booms” and “up-and-over booms”. They support a work platform at the end of a long boom with several joints or “knuckles” which “articulate”, giving operators a tremendous amount of control. Articulating booms can stretch anywhere from 40 to 141 feet, allowing operators to maneuver up to 500 pounds of  materials, workers, and equipment into hard-to-reach areas. These lifts handle rough terrain conditions better then straight booms. Many feature full-time positive drive traction systems and active oscillating axles for better traction and for situations with varying gradients. Many articulated boom lifts also feature high ground clearance and four wheel drive options.

These machines are ideal for outdoor construction, industrial applications, electrical work, painting, demolition, and certain event applications.

If you have any questions about which type of lift is right for your job or for any general equipment inquiries, call Durante Rentals at 1-800-DURANTE or chat with us live at

Check out our website for more information on our boom lift rentals.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Durante Rentals Wins Pulse Of The City Star Award For Excellence In Customer Satisfaction

Last week Pulse of the City decided to honor Durante Rentals with their coveted Award for Excellence in Customer Service.

This award is granted to businesses who excel in customer service based on a database of performance information compiled by Pulse of the City on an ongoing basis since 2009.

Thank you to Pulse of the City News for recognizing the work that Durante Rentals staff puts in every day to maintain our company-wide culture of top-notch customer service, open communication and mutual respect.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Are You Working Indoors?

Are You Working Indoors?

Has the cold weather left you concentrating on your indoor projects? 
Durante Rentals has an array of equipment specifically designed for your indoor needs. Don't let the outdoor weather affect your digging, building, scraping, drilling, fixing and organizing this winter. Check out some of our eco-friendly electric and battery powered equipment below:

Choose from our entire line of indoor equipment
AWP's, conveyors, cut off saws, electric mini excavators, electric mini skid steers, electric scissor lifts, generators, grout pumps, heaters, material lifts, shop forklifts, ride-on floor scrapers, welders and more.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Should I Rent a Hot Water or Cold Water Pressure Washer?

A pressure washer (power washer) machine is the the ideal way to clean large surfaces quickly and efficiently. Typical rental pressure washers range in power from 3,500 psi to 4,000 psi and are powerful enough to handle the toughest and dirtiest of jobs - like stripping years of grime from metal, peeling loose paint from wood, cleaning gutters, scouring garbage cans, revitalizing wooden decks, and cleaning those stubborn BBQ grills. These high-powered models can also be used to clean bridges, construction vehicles, equipment, building facades and more.

Psi's aside, the most important factor when choosing a pressure washer for rent or purchase is whether to opt for hot or cold models.

Pros: Cold water pressure washers are generally the cheaper option. They are also somewhat less effective then hot water pressure washers. In terms of cost, both initial and maintenance, they are cheaper than their hot water counterparts. They also tend to be significantly smaller and lighter, making them ideal for confined spaces or when maneuverability is a factor.

Cons: These machines are slightly less efficient and lack the ability to remove grease and oil as well as hot water pressure washers. If you will be handling oily jobs like cleaning grills or engine work, these machines may not be the right tool for your job.

Uses: Anything that does not involve oil or grease like removing mud, sand, stripping paint, etc.

Pros: The best analogy for understanding the difference between hot water and cold water pressure washers is the difference between washing dishes in hot vs. cold water. Try to wash dishes with only soap and cold water  and you'll be left with a film of grease that's tough to make disappear. Greasy pipes and oily concrete are the same way. Without extremely hot water, you'll never remove that final layer of oily residue.

Hot water pressure washers do more than battle greasy, oily clean-up jobs. Hot water pressure washers can heat up water to up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, disintegrating muck and grime while producing hot steam ideal for killing germs. They are generally the best machine for getting any job done both quickly and thoroughly.

Cons: These units are more complex and therefore larger and more difficult to move around. They also require more maintenance and have a higher base price. 

Uses: Projects tackling grease and oil like engine work, food related jobs, and piping. 

For more information, or to rent or buy a hot or cold pressure watcher, please call us at 1-800-DURANTE.