March 10, 2023

With a 25% heavier shell and 80% heavier cutting edge, this bucket is built to last

A skid steer bucket is the hardest working attachment in most yards and construction sites. This means they are subject to extra wear and tear.

That’s why we’ve just released the Star Industries Extreme Skid Steer Bucket— the market’s toughest ever bucket built to withstand the harshest of treatment.

Living up to its extreme namesake, this bucket is constructed with an extra 25% heavier bucket shell and 80% heavier blade cutting edge. As far as we know, this makes the attachment the toughest found anywhere in the North American market.

extreme duty skid steer bucket

What to use it for

The Star Industries Extreme Skid Steer Bucket is designed for high use in extreme conditions. Typical applications for this bucket include supply yards, landscaping, civil construction, demolition and debris removal.


What we think you’ll like about it

  1. 25% heavier shell with continuous welded seams – More steel and continuous welded seams inside and out add greater strength and longer bucket life
  2. 80% heavier cutting edge – The reversible 5/8″x8″ bolt-on blade gives 3 times more wear
  3. Optional heavy-duty teeth – Feature ‘pin-on’ series 23 teeth that measure 2 1/4″ across the point
extreme skid steer bucket
extreme skid steer bucket
  • Low Profile Design — Operator can see the leading edge from the seat. Other profiles are also available.
  • Strong Universal Quick-Tach — Constructed of 3/8” plate steel to stand up to the new more powerful skid-steer loaders.
  • Load Transfer Heavy (½” x 3”) Scuff Bars — Three to five bars, depending on width, reinforce bucket bottom and protect from excessive wear.
  • Buckets Designed to Fit each brand of loader
  • 5-year warranty Made in USA
January 24, 2023

OSHA’s Top 10 for 2022

The results are in! OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for 2022

Each year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the most cited safety standards following worksite inspections. The purpose of the list is to highlight the biggest dangers to worker safety and help employers focus on hazard recognition and prevention strategies.

The OSHA Top 10 list for 2022 more or less has the same offenders as previous years with Fall Protection coming in at top place yet again.


The top 10 frequently cited OSHA standard violations

Fall protection — General requirements (1926.501):
5,260 violations

Hazard Communication (1910.1200):
2,424 violations

Respiratory Protection (1910.134):
2,185 violations

Ladders (1926.1053):
2,143 violations

Scaffolding (1926.451):
2,058 violations

1,977 violations

Powered Industrial Trucks  (1910.178):
1,749 violations

Fall protection—
Training requirements
1,556 violations

Personal protective and
lifesaving equipment—
Eye and face protection 

1,401 violations

Machine guarding     (1910.212):
1,370 violations

Number One Safety Tip: Don’t take shortcuts!

OSHA’s report is a timely reminder that accidents on the job site are preventable.  In many cases, incidents are the result of two easily avoidable mistakes.

  1. Taking short cuts
  2. Using the incorrect tool

More often than not, they are interlinked.  For example, doing a quick át heights’ job without a guard rail because it takes too long to set up (or you don’t have one). Or trying to move materials around without the proper machine attachment.

It only takes seconds and a few feet above the ground to suffer a lifechanging injury.


  1. Take the time to evaluate the potential risk. What are the hazards?  What is the weather? What can go wrong?
  2. Make sure you have the right tool for the job. If that job includes a machine and attachment, make sure both are designed and rated for the task at hand.
  3. Read the manufacturer’s safety instructions and make sure users are properly trained in its use.
  4. Never use home-made solutions or ignore safety protocols simply because it’s a ‘quick job’.

Star Industry attachments that help to keep your worker’s safe

Star Industries offers a range of attachments for safe and complaint work around the job site or storage yard.  Here’s just a few of them.

When working at heights

Industrial Work Platform

Industrial Work Platform

It’s safer and faster than ladders and less expensive than time-consuming scaffolding. The platform is designed to work with forklifts and telehandlers and features an OSHA compliant full rail guard system. Find out more

Safety Work Platform

Safety Work Platform

This platform allows you to safely go where scissor lifts can’t. The expanded metal deck provides a wider work platform than boom lifts and the 1,000 lbs platform load capacity and full perimeter guard rail system offers superior safety. Find out more

When lifting

Safety Loading Platform

Spreader Bars (crane and forklift)

Handling long lengths of materials like beams and roofing sheets is awkward and can easily lead to accidents.  Star offers a heavy-duty spreader bar for forklifts and cranes that take risk out of lifts and are OSHA & ANSI compliant. Find out more

Safety Loading Platform

Jib Boom

Extend the reach of your forklift with a Star Industries heavy duty forklift jib. The telescopic boom extends up to a massive 12 feet making it the perfect solution to place heavy loads over or under obstacles. Find out more

Safety Loading Platform

Lift Box

Home-made and non-compliant lift boxes pose a real threat for any construction site.  The Star Crane Lift box is engineered to carry up to 4,000 lbs and is engineered certified with compliance plates. Find out more

When moving things around

Safety Loading Platform

Safety Loading Platform

This handy forklift attachment is a guaranteed back and equipment saver! Simply slide it on to the forks and one person can effortlessly load and unload heavy and awkward rental equipment quickly and safely.  Find out more

Safety Loading Platform

Universal Fit Lift Hooks

Often you need to move heavy and awkward loads and the only tool at hand that’s capable of the job is your forklift or telehandler. But wrapping straps, cables or chains around bare forks is a safety breach and can lead to an OSHA citation. The Star Universal Fit Lift hook fits both straight-mast and extendable-reach forklifts to allow you to safely utilize the full capacity of your forklift. Find out more

Safety Loading Platform

Fork Mover

Don’t risk injury lifting and moving heavy forks.  Star Industries Fork Mover allows you to safely pick, move and install ITA and Shaft Mount forks. Find out more

Watch our free telehandler attachment training videos

Training and safety go like a finger in a glove.  But finding the time for training—and making sure that training is right—can prove a big hassle.

Our online training courses will give your staff everything they need to safely use our range of telehandler attachments.  Each training video is only a few minutes long and tells you everything you need to know to use the attachment and stay safe.

Telehandler Training
January 18, 2022

Fall Protection tops OSHA’s Violations

This shows once again why we need to make fall safety a top priority

OSHA’s 2021 report shows that for the 11th straight year Fall Protection – General Requirements, led the way in safety violations topping the list at 5,425 with Hazard Communication a distant second at 2,427 violations.

Respiratory Protection was the third most cited violation of 2021 with 2,649, followed by Scaffolding (2,538) and Ladders (2,129) to round out the top five.


The top 10 frequently cited OSHA standard violations

Fall Protection
5,424 violations

Hazard Communication 
3,199 violations

Respiratory Protection
2,649 violations

2,538 violations

2,129 violations

Control of Hazardous Energy 
2,065 violations

Powered Industrial Trucks  
1,932 violations

Fall Protection Training   
1,621 violations

Fall Protection Training   
1,621 violations

Eye and Face Protection    
1,369 violations

Machinery and Machine Guarding     
1,313 violations


With 880 workers dying from a fall related injury in the previous year and a further 244,000 injured badly enough to require one or more days off work, OSHA’s report is a timely reminder of the importance of safety in the workplace. Of particular concern is construction workers as they are seven times more at risk of a fatal fall than any other industry. Source:

Falls are 100% preventable

With the right equipment and planning falls are 100% preventable.  More often than not, the simplest solution is the best. If there is another way to do the task safely—even if it takes a little longer—take it!  Taking shortcuts or skimping on the right equipment is a proven recipe for disaster.

Remember, any working environment where someone has the potential to fall and injure themselves is referred to as working at heights. It doesn’t have to be very high.  OSHA requires fall protection for any height of 4 feet or more.

The relevant passage of legislation states:

Except as provided elsewhere in this section, the employer must ensure that each employee on a walking-working surface with an unprotected side or edge that is 4 feet (1.2 m) or more above a lower level is protected from falling by one or more of the following:

  • Guardrail systems;
  • Safety net systems; or
  • Personal fall protection systems, such as personal fall arrest, travel restraint, or positioning systems

When working at heights always:

  • Determine what equipment is needed to do the job safely. If you are unsure about the rating of an attachment, talk to the equipment manufacturer or hiring rental yard first.
  • Certified machinery attachments will always be plated with manufacturer specifications including capacity and operation. Do not use any equipment that does not have a manufacturer’s plate as it does not meet ANSI and OSHA regulations and puts your workers and entire job site at risk.
  • Make sure you are properly trained on how to use the equipment. This includes maximum load weights and operator safety protocols.
  • Scan the work area for potential hazards before starting the job.
  • If working outside, check the weather forecast; never work in inclement weather

Star Industry attachments that help to keep your worker’s safe

Star Industries offers a range of attachments for safe and complaint work at heights.

Industrial Work Platform

Our Industrial Work Platform for forklifts and telehandlers feature an OHSA compliant full rail guard system to keep your workers safe while working at height.  The platform is much safer than ladders and less expensive than time-consuming scaffolding.

Safety Work Platform

Our Safety Work Platform is the perfect tool to access those hard-to-reach places with your telehandler. Like the Industrial Work Platform it features OSHA compliant guard rails on all sides and a wider platform than boom lifts for an increased platform work area.

Safety Loading Platform

Our Safety Loading Platform is a great way to safely load and unload heavy equipment up to the maximum height of your forklift.  While it is not to be used to lift people as it has no guard rail, it’s a great way to help prevent back injuries lifting heavy equipment and reduce accidental damage to equipment.

January 14, 2022

Collect, move, and dispose of waste around the job site the easy way!

Waste builds up fast around a busy job site. You need a simple, hassle-free way to collect and dump it. The Star Industries Self-Dump Hopper is the perfect solution. It’s a fast, easy, and most importantly, safe way to collect, move and dispose of waste on any busy construction site.

Self-Dump Hopper Telehandler attachment

About the Star Industries Self-Dump Hopper

The self-dump hopper is constructed from rugged heavy-duty ¼ and 3/16 steel plate (not flimsy sheet metal) so it can take plenty of punishment. The full-length fork channels make it easy to attach and de-attach the hopper to any set of straight-mask and extendable reach forks. With up to 6,000 lbs load capacity on the largest model, it can take plenty of rubbish between each empty.

There are several stand-out features that make this hopper a ‘must-have’ for any busy construction site. The first are the optional heavy-duty castor wheels that make it easy to wheel the hopper around an interior job site or wherever you have a smooth floor surface. This increases the likeliness of getting rubbish into the bin, first up, rather than thrown on the ground for clean up at a later time. The optional crane lifting eyes allow the hopper to be elevated and moved around with a crane as well.

The hopper also has a self-dump release. The rope release allows the load to release from the operator’s seat making it quick and easy to dump the load into the main bin without having to hop off the machine. There’s also a release handle at the back of the hopper that can be used to release the load too.

What to use it for

  • Ideal for removing concrete, plaster, brick and other construction waste.
  • Easily attach it to your straight-mast, extendable-reach forklift or crane for transfer of hopper waste to the main skip using the self-dump release.
  • An OSHA compliant alternative to home-made trash boxes that lead to job site accidents and OSHA fines for non-compliance.

What we think you'll like about it

  • Rope Release can be used to trip the hopper from the ground or from the operator’s seat.
  • Release Handle at the back of hopper can be used to dump the load.
  • Safety Lock prevents accidental discharge when transporting a load. Must be disengaged before hopper will dump.
  • Safety Chain & Locking Grab Hook secures hopper to forklift and prevents hopper from accidentally sliding off forks.
  • Optional heavy-duty steel casters featuring 8” diameter polyurethane wheels with roller bearings to make it easy to manually move around the job site.
  • Optional Lifting Hooks (eyes) for handling hoppers with a crane.

Available Models

Model Capacity Weight Capacity (w/o casters) Base Dimensions Top Dimensions Overall Height (w/o casters) Lowest Lip -30.25? Weight (w/o casters) Fork Opening Width Fork Opening Height
1805N ½ cuyd. 4,000 lbs. 42” x 32” 49” x 32” 36” 460 lbs 23 ½” 2 ¾” ID
1810 1 cuyd. 6,000 lbs. 48” x 39” 62” x 39” 39” 645 lbs 30 ¼” 2 ¾” ID
1815 1 ½ cuyd. 6,000 lbs. 55” x 43” 67” x 45” 46” 795 lbs 35 ½” 2 ¾” ID
1820 2 cuyd. 6,000 lbs. 57” x 58” 66” x 57” 48” 965 lbs 32” 2 ¾” ID
1825 2 ½ cuyd. 6,000 lbs. 57” x 58” 67” x 57” 55” 995 lbs 32” 2 ¾” ID

Note: Weight capacity of hoppers with casters is 4,000 lbs less the weight of the hopper.

December 14, 2021

Slab Eater: the ultra-tough concrete claw that eats through concrete slabs with ease!

About the Star Industries Slab Eater

The claws have been designed in consultation with industry to get under concrete slabs and tear them out while leaving as much of the slab intact as possible. This helps to speed up concrete demolition work with less mess and small debris on the worksite.

Built for extreme, heavy-duty demo work, Slab Eater features a reinforced quick attach plate, 3/4" sides, and a reinforced cutting, edge. Strong, ROCK Penetrator teeth ensure durable, reliable operation and are easily replaceable when finally worn out.

Slab Eater

Slab Eater

Slab Eater

What to use it for

Star Industries heavy-duty concrete claw is designed to eat through concrete slabs with ease. Slab Eater can pry, cut, tear and rip its way through almost anything, making it the perfect attachment for any demolition job.

What we think you’ll like about it

  • Extreme duty slab bucket
  • Heavy duty, replaceable ROCK Penetrator cast teeth
  • 3/4″ heavy-duty sides

  • 1″ x 8″ cutting edge
  • Reinforced quick attach
  • High Strength T-1 Steel

Slab Eater
December 3, 2021

Forklift buckets safety spotlight: quick-tach vs universal

What is the best use for each type of attachment? Are there situations where you should use one rather than the other? Star Safety digs in to find out.

Forklift buckets turn a forklift into a loader so you can reach places where loaders just can’t. Attaching a forklift bucket to an extendable-reach forklift can suddenly make it incredibly easy to place materials in hard-to-reach places like elevated positions and behind high walls.

But not all forklift buckets are the same: different styles have different purposes and ideal uses.

When to use Quick-tach forklift buckets

A Quick-tach bucket requires the removal of both the forks and the carriage. It then connects directly to the end of the boom. This provides a safe, strong connection. Removing the forks and carriage system also saves 700 to 1,000 lbs.

That means the telehandler will be able to safely lift a heavier load.

However, Quick-tach buckets are typically designed for a specific make and model of machine. That means rental fleets need to be well-managed to have buckets for popular makes and models available.

When to use Universal forklift buckets

As the name indicates, Universal forklift buckets can be used on (nearly) any forklift make or model of extendable-reach forklift as long as it’s equipped with standard 48” forks.

This style of attachment uses a simple slip-on mechanism that slides onto the forks. It’s securely locked into place with pins behind the heel.

Because the forks and carriage remain on the forklift, there’s less chance of damage or loss to the forks (great for rental yards). To slide over 48” forks these buckets are deeper making the transport of irregular shaped loads easier (ideal if you have a bulky load). The added benefit is more cu. ft capacity without having to go to a wider bucket.

Their versatility means they tend to be very popular in a rental fleet as fleet managers can more easily manage their inventory.

Jib Boom lifting

Jib Boom onsite

Tips and guides for safe use

Bucket size/volume should be matched to the heaviest material being handled, the lift capacities of the telehandler, and the boom positions in which the bucket will be used.

This will ensure the telehandler’s rated capacity will not be exceeded.

When calculating load capacity, the weight of the bucket must be included along with weight of the material carried. This is the advantage of Quick-tach bucket — the weight of the carriage and forks (which are removed to install the bucket) can in some instances offset the weight of the bucket.

All Star forklift buckets are designed to handle loose materials. Good applications include but are not limited to, loading gravel, sand, or dirt out of a pile, jobsite clean-up, snow removal, back‑fill behind high walls, elevating roof gravel, spreading sand and gravel, and handling landscape materials.

Crucially, they are not intended for excavation or digging which in some cases could damage the boom of some telehandlers.

October 12, 2021

Don’t risk an OSHA citation: Use a Universal Fit Lift Hook

There are many times when you need to move equipment or materials from one location to another and the only tool at hand that’s capable of the job is your forklift or telehandler. But wrapping straps, cables or chains around bare forks is a safety breach and can lead to an OSHA citation.

Star Universal Lift Hook

Star Universal Lift Hook

About the Star Universal Lift Hook

The Star Universal Lift Hook is a quick and compliant way of converting a forklift or telehandler into a mobile crane for lifting and manoeuvring loads over short distances. Rugged construction and American craftsmanship make this a versatile tool that can be used with straight-mask and extendable-reach forklifts, safely lifting up to 22,000 lbs.

What to use it for

  • Safely move loads with a forklift or telehandler that would otherwise need a mini crane.

Universal Lift Hook

What we think you’ll like about it

  • Universal fit: slip-on-the-forks design permits use on most forklifts and telehandlers
  • Compliant: Meets / exceeds OSHA and ANSI requirements
  • 24” load center: This is the load center for most forklifts maximizing the forklift’s lifting capabilities
  • Safe: Easily slides on the forks and is pinned behind the heel for fast and easy securement
  • Handles heavy weights: 6,000 lbs – 22,000 lbs
  • Rugged heavy-duty construction: increased durability and long life
  • Safety chain included for additional security

Available Models

Model Lift Capacity Weight Overall Dimensions
1366 6,000 lbs 105 lbs 29”W x 9¾”H x 24¼”L
1370B 10,000 lbs 271 lbs 42”W x 12”H x 28½”L
1371B 12,000 lbs 277 lbs 42”W x 12”H x 28½”L
1377 22,000 lbs 440 lbs 44”W x 15½ “H x 28½”L
Model Fork Pocket Size Center-to-center of Fork Opening Pocket Ends
1366 6¾” x 3” ID 20” Open
1370B 24” long x 7½” x 2⅞” ID 34” Open
1371B 24” long x 7½” x 2⅞” ID 34” Open
1377 24” long x 8¾” x 3½” ID 34” Open

Universal Lift Hook in Action
September 27, 2021

How to use a forklift jib boom safely and what to look for when buying or renting one

With an extendable reach of up to 12 feet, a forklift jib boom is a great way to lift and move heavy and awkward loads around the rental yard or job site.  But as with anything heavily lifted off the ground, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the do’s and don’ts of the machine and attachment doing the lift.

Jib Boom lifting

Jib Boom onsite

What is a forklift jib boom and what it is used for?

A forklift jib boom is an attachment designed to fit onto straight mast and extendable-reach type forklifts to lift and move suspended loads, most typically over or under obstacles.

Jib BoomA forklift job boom has a hook and shackle at the end of the jib for easy attachment to the load.  Jib booms are available both in fixed and extendable lengths.  Fixed-length jib booms are best for repetitive lift tasks where load and reach adjustments are not needed. For example, repetitive work in the rental yard.  Extendable-length jib booms, also known as telescopic jib booms, are best used when the load, location and lift height regularly changes such as on construction sites.

Forklift jib booms are perfect for lifting and moving awkward, heavy, suspended loads more suited to the lifting action of a crane.  This can be anything from mechanical equipment, materials or anything requiring a vertical lift through a second floor opening or on top of a building in construction.

What is a suspended load?

Essentially, anything that is lifted off the ground is considered a suspended load.

The primary OSHA standard regulation detailing safe suspended load operation falls under the general industry standard 1910 in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, “Occupational Safety and Health Standards,” Subpart N, “Materials Handling and Storage,” specifically section 29 CFR 1910.179, “Overhead and Gantry Cranes.”

Many forklift operators are under the mis-understanding that OSHA’s Overhead and Gantry Cranes regulations do not apply to them when lifting loads.

Though it is true general forklift operations fall under the different OSHA standard 1910.178, “Powered Industrial Trucks,” those regulations are superseded by regulations 1910.179 if the operator uses the forklift with a factory-made or plant-made boom with a hook to perform crane-like tasks.

The OSHA regulation states:

“If an operator uses a factory-made or plant-made boom with a hook, chain or sling attachment then the lifting action has been defined within OSHA as a crane activity and falls under the corresponding crane requirements”.

For this reason, it is important to include an explanation of OSHA provisions on overhead crane use in your operational jib boom safety plan.

Jib Boom Jib boom working load limits

It’s important to understand a jib boom attachment moves the center of gravity of the combined forklift and load forward. This load shift will change the load center and therefore an operator must use a de-rated load chart provided by the manufacturers of both the forklift and attachment manufacturer.  Another factor to consider is that rated load capacities decrease when the jib boom is in an extended position, when the mast is tilted forward, or when the boom is extended with telehandlers.

A properly engineered and manufactured jib boom will have undergone extensive tests to calculate safe capacity load limits at the various boom lengths.  These will be stated both in the operator’s manual and on the jib boom manufacturer’s plate.  The stated load capacity limit must never be exceeded.

Typically speaking, a jib boom’s load capacity will decrease with each extension of the boom.  This change of load lift based on boom extension is known as a de-rated load capacity.  You should be able to get a de-rated load capacity for your jib boom from the manufacturer or a certified professional engineer.

The table below is an example of a de-rated load capacity chart.

De-rated load capacity chart

De-rated load capacity chart

Duty of care when using a jib boom

Everyone from the manufacturer to the forklift operator has a work health and safety duty to make sure the jib boom is safe to use—and is being used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

1. Manufacturer responsibilities

Manufacturers of machinery attachment equipment like the jib boom must ensure they meet the applicable guidelines as defined in American National Standards Institute B56.1-1969 and that operator use is without risk to health and safety as is reasonably practical when used in accordance with the supplied guidelines.

This duty includes carrying out analysis, testing or an examination and providing specific information about the attachment.  The jib boom attachment needs to be plated to manufacturer specifications including capacity and safe operation.

2. Office holders

Business owners and managers have the duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practical, workers and other people are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking and all WHS guidelines are followed.

This includes the ongoing maintenance of all plant equipment that lifts or suspends loads (including attachments) according to manufacturer standards and OSHA guidelines.

3. Workers and others

Workers and other people at the workplace must take reasonable care for their own health and safety, co-operate with reasonable policies, procedures, and instructions, and not adversely affect other people’s health and safety.

This includes following the guidelines supplied for the safe use of the jib boom such as load limits and correct load balancing.

Pre-use considerations and jib boom safety checks

Always undertake pre-use safety checks and general site inspections before using a forklift jib boom to lift and move a load.

General considerations:

  • Site factors including ground load bearing capacity and weather conditions such as rain, snow or wind.
  • The forklift/telehandler using the jib boom will not adversely affect or be affected by other plant and structures in the area during the lift and carry.
  • Installation and commissioning activities are supervised by a competent person.
  • The jib boom attachment has been installed to the manufacturer’s instructions and specified technical standards.
  • The forklift / telehandler is stable and is safe entry to and exit from—including in an emergency.

Jib boom pre-use check:

  • The jib boom has been engineered to meet lifting specifications and is correctly plated.
  • The lifting hook has a spring safety latch to keep strap/chain from coming off the hook.
  • The Jib has locking pins that secure behind heel of forks as well as safety chain/hook that wraps around the carriage to ensure unit stays on the machine.
  • Check all shackles and hooks, make sure cotter pins are installed properly and shackles are properly secured.
  • Operating instructions are always with the unit in the manual holder.

Jib boom operator tips:

  • Always personally check the jib boom prior to use to ensure that it is properly secured to the forklift/telehandler.
  • Never use the jib boom without installing retaining pins behind the heel of each fork and securing with hairpins or cotter pins. Safety chain(s) must also be used. Wrap chain around a strong part of the fork carriage and secure with locking grab hook.
  • Review the maximum load capacities of the forklift, the boom, and the hook prior to lifting a load. All forklifts will decrease in total lift capacity when the load is extended beyond the designed load center measurements which is typically at 2 feet.
  • Make sure the load is properly balanced between both forks and the load can’t slide off the forks like a bare chain/strap can.
  • Make sure the forks are level or tipped upward when using the jib. You never want to lower the forks below level when lifting a load with a boom attachment because it increases the risk of tipping.
  • The load should always be carried low and kept from swinging using tag lines as necessary.
  • When a load is raised; extreme caution should be exercised as the forklift is far more vulnerable to tipping with a raised load.
  • Loads lifted with the jib boom are only done so vertically. Jib booms should never be used to pull or swing loads. Tag lines can help reduce swinging.
  • Do not carry jib boom loads over people. Equipment can fail unexpectedly and it’s better to be safe than sorry!

What to look for when buying or renting a forklift jib boom

Any forklift jib boom must be engineered in accordance with ASME standards and is rated for your type of forklift or telehandler.  It needs to be plated to manufacturer specifications, including capacity and operation. If your jib boom doesn’t have these specifications clearly labelled, it’s recommended you don’t use it on your job site.

Recommended safety features include retaining pins behind the heel of each fork that can be secured with hairpins or cotter pins; safety chains that can be wrapped around the fork carriage; pull spring-loaded pins for the telescopic boom and an internal stop to ensure the telescopic boom section cannot be accidently pulled all the way out.  Also make sure the swivel hook is properly rated for use with the jib boom.

Star Industries Jib Boom

  • Telescopic two section tubular steel boom
  • Manually telescopes from 7′ to 12′

  • Pull spring-loaded pin to telescope—release pin and boom locks in desired position
  • Internal stop ensures telescopic section cannot be accidentally pulled all the way out

  • Jib slides on the forks and is pinned behind the heel to secure it to the forklift
  • Universal fit (slip-on-the forks) design permits use on most all forklifts
  • One bolted shackle and swivel hook is included
September 5, 2021

Handle long lengths of material like beams and roofing sheets easily

Problem: Long lengths of materials like beams, rebar and roofing sheets can be awkward to move — and downright dangerous if not done properly.

Spreader Bar front on

About the Star Universal Spreader Bar

Solution: The Star Spreader Bar is ANSI/OSHA compliant and a cost-effective way to support long loads during lifts with your forklift or telehandler. With a lift capacity of up to 16,000 lbs and 20 ft adjustable spread, it means fewer lifts so you can get the job done faster. It will eliminate the hazard of the load tipping, sliding or bending as well as the possibility of low sling angles and the tendency of the sling to crush the load. The Star Spreader Bar safely lifts loads easily and efficiently.

Crane Spreader Bar option

What to use it for

  • Safe and convenient attachment for handling rebar and rebar cages
  • Perfect for handling long metal building beams as well as steel and wood trusses
  • Popular attachment with metal building erectors

What we think you’ll like about it

  • Universal fit: slip-on-the-forks design permits use on most forklifts and telehandlers
  • Compliant: Meets / exceeds OSHA and ANSI requirements

  • Safe: Easily slides on the forks and is pinned behind the heel for fast and easy securement

  • Handles heavy weights: 6,400 lbs – 34,000 lbs depending on model

  • Both fixed lengths and telescoping models available

  • Crane versions available

Available Models

Extendable reach spreader bars

Model Description Lift Capacity Empty Weight
1150C 8 to 12 ft. Adjustable Spreader Bar w/Fork Pockets. 39" OC -Requires 48" or wider Carriage 8,000 lbs.
6,400 lbs
5,000 lbs.
545 lbs.
1150C-FP30OC 8 to 12 ft. Adjustable Spreader Bar w/Fork Pockets. 30" OC - Requires 38" or wider Carriage 8,000 lbs.
6,400 lbs
5,000 lbs.
545 lbs.
1160B 12 to 20 ft. Adjustable Spreader Bar w/Fork Pockets. 39" OC - Required 48" or wider Carriage 16,800 lbs.
11,200 lbs.
8,000 lbs.
1140 lbs.

Fixed length spreader bars

Model Description Size Lift Capacity Empty Weight
1140 6 ft. Fixed Length Spreader Bar w/Fork Pockets 39"OC- Requires 48" or wider Carriage 6’ 10,000 lbs. 390 lbs.
1140-24CC 6 ft. Fixed Length Spreader Bar w/Fork Pockets 24"OC- Requires 32" or wider Carriage 6’ 10,000 lbs. 390 lbs.
1149 7 ft. Fixed Length Spreader Bar w/Fork
Pockets 39"OC- Requires 48" or wider Carriage
7’ 34,000 lbs. 830 lbs.
1177B 12 ft. Fixed Length Spreader Bar w/Fork Pockets 39"OC- Requires 48" or wider Carriage 12’ 20,000 lbs. 825 lbs.
July 21, 2021

Extend the reach of your forklift with a Star Industries Forklift Jib Boom

Problem: Lifting heavy loads over and under obstacles can get tricky and dangerous with a forklift alone. But the job doesn’t warrant a crane lift and you don’t always have a purpose-built telehandler onsite. Even when you do, you still sometimes need that extra lift.


  • This versatile attachment allows you to do the job of a crane or enhance your telehandler
  • Save money/costs on extra equipment
  • Get extra lift and move bulky loads around awkward obstacles on the worksite. Get more done, faster and safer.

Forklift Jib Boom

About the Star Forklift Jib Boom

The Star Industries Jib Boom is a telescopic, two-section tubular steel boom suitable for straight mast and extendable reach forklifts. Heavy duty construction and American craftsmanship make this a workhorse on the job. The telescopic boom extends up to 12 feet making it the perfect solution to place loads over or under obstacles. It allows you to safely and efficiently move heavy materials that would typically require a mini-crane, crane lift or purpose-built telehandler.

Jib Boom in use

Forklift Jib Boom

What to use it for

  • Allows Lifting loads forwards and backwards without having to move your base
  • Let’s you move materials that would otherwise need a mini crane
  • Makes it easier to move loads over and under awkward obstacles

What we think you’ll like about it

  • Universal fit: slip-on-the-forks design permits use on most forklifts
  • Safe: Pins and boom locks stop slippage and internal stops ensures telescopic section cannot be over extended. Meets all ANSI regulations
  • Handles heavy weights: up to 6,000 lbs
  • One bolted shackle and swivel hook is included
  • Great reach: 7ft to 12ft

Jib Boom

Jib Boom

Available Models

Model Capacity Reach
1360B Up to 6,000 lbs Up to 12′ (ft)
1360B-5FXL 6,000 lbs 5′ (ft)
1360B-6FXL 5,000 lbs 6′ (ft)
1360B-7FXL 4,000 lbs 7′ (ft)