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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

Scaffolding 
2,538 violations

Ladders
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

Source: https://www.oshaeducationcenter.com/articles/top-10-osha-violations/https://www.osha.gov/top10citedstandards

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: https://www.nsc.org/workplace/safety-topics/slips-trips-and-falls/slips-trips-and-falls-home

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.

Solution:

  • 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)
July 14, 2021

Make clean-up on the job site simple, fast and safe with a Star Industries Trash Hopper

It’s all too common to see homemade forklift trash boxes on construction sites for the removal of rubbish and debris. Not only are these boxes dangerous and illegal—under OSHA legislation they are completely unnecessary.

The Star Industries Trash Hopper for debris removal is a cost-effective forklift attachment for the safe removal of waste from wherever it needs to be removed—floor, elevated deck or even the roof.

Heavy Duty Trash Hopper in action
Heavy Duty Trash Hopper

About the Heavy Duty Trash Hopper

The Star Industries Trash Hopper easily attaches to extendable forklifts with a universal ‘slip-on-the-forks design and simple pin locking system for added security. The hopper’s open face design allows unrestricted access to the bin area making it easy for construction workers to wheel in barrows and buggies direct into the trash hopper for easy disposal of debris.

All trash hopper models have a maximum load capacity of a generous 5,000 lbs and bin volume area ranging from 2.7 CuYD to 5.0 CuYD on the largest 1430 model.

What to use it for

  • Using your forklift to place a trash hopper safely and conveniently to where it’s needed most whether that’s ground level, elevated deck or on the roof.
  • An OSHA compliant alternative to home-made trash boxes that can lead to job site accidents and OSHA fines for non-compliance.

What we think you’ll like about it

  • Heavy-duty 3/16” plate steel and sides and reinforced edges for greater strength and rigidity.
  • Full length fork channels add strength to bottom and ensures the correct forklift pickup points
  • 3′ Chain & Locking Grab Hook secures the hopper to the carriage as a secondary safety measure
  • Shows plated manufacturer specifications including capacity and user operation for OSHA compliance.
Trash Hopper rear view
Trash Hopper

Available Models

Model Size Volume Max. load capacity Empty Weight
1420 5′ w x 3′ h x 5′ d 2.7 CuYd 5,000 lbs 775 lbs
1425 5′ w x 4′ h x 5′ d 3.7 CuYd 5,000 lbs 850 lbs
1430 7′ w x 4′ h x 5′ d 5.0 CuYd 5,000 lbs 1015 lbs
May 13, 2021

Fall Protection: most cited violations and the right equipment for working at heights

OSHA 2020  Top standard  violations
List of Violations

Top OSHA Violations

OSHA's most-cited standard violations of 2020 show a lot of the violations haven’t changed since 2019. But some have moved up the list: ladder violations made the jump from the number six spot to number five. And fall protection general requirements and training top the list with a massive 7,045 violations. Altogether more than 11,000 OSHA violations in 2020 had to do with working at heights.

You can see from these images how careless people can be with ladders (don’t try this at home).

Safety Work Platform Lifting Workers with Telehandler
Safety Work Platform on Telehandler

The above demonstrates that height safety is something that is often forgone in job safety protocols. With nearly 50% of all OSHA regulatory violations in 2020 being involved with working safely at heights, it’s safe to say it’s a common jobsite mistake.

Fall Protection – Most Cited Violation 10 Years Running

Whether it’s scaffolding standards (2,538 violations), ladder standards (2,129 violations), fall protection requirements (5,424 violations), or fall protection training requirements (1,621 violations)—working at heights on the job is an often-violated OSHA standard. When you put together all the OSHA violations regarding fall safety and working at heights, it far outweighs the others. Furthermore, 2020 marks the 10th consecutive year that Fall Protection – General Requirements  (1926.501) has been OSHA’s most frequently cited standards violation1. Worksites disregard protection from falling more than any of the other safety protocols.

Even if you’re working with scissor lifts, scaffolding, forklifts, or telehandlers, following safety guidelines is important.

Here’s some of the regulations OSHA has regarding protecting your workers from falling:

  • 1926.501(a)(2) Walking/working surfaces on which its employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to support employees safely. Employees shall be allowed to work on those surfaces only when the surfaces have the requisite strength and structural integrity.
  • 1926.501(b)(2)(i) Each employee who is constructing a leading edge 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels shall be protected from falling by guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.
Don't risk it: makeshift platforms
Don't risk it: makeshift platforms
Don't risk it: makeshift platforms
Don't risk it: makeshift platforms

Height Safety Is Important

You may think you’re following the guidelines, but any working environment where someone has the potential to fall and injure themselves is referred to as working at heights. You could be working on a roof’s edge, or up on a ladder. You’ve likely had moments where you or your team needed to get to the rafters or reach the roof. But all you had on hand was a ladder that barely reached or a forklift without a safety platform. Maybe you found a way to make it work, but was it safe? Did it follow OSHA guidelines?

Did you know that OSHA requires fall protection for any height of 4 feet or more?

1910.28(b)(1)(i)(A,B,C) 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.

So, how do you stay safe while working at any height?

The Right Equipment for Working Up High

Star Industries' attachments allow for safe and compliant work at heights.

Safety Work Platform Lifting Workers with Telehandler

Our Safety Work Platforms are OSHA compliant and allow you to turn your forklift or telehandler into a safe working platform for your workforce. With guardrails on all sides and sturdy construction, our safety work platform is the perfect tool to reach those elevated worksites safely.

With 1,000 lb load capacity, an expanded metal deck with full-perimeter guard rails, and Spring-loaded latches and spring hinges, you know your workers will be safe at any height your telehandler can reach.

Industrial Work Platform

Our Industrial Work Platforms let you work comfortably in the safety of a full guard rail system, meeting OSHA standards, and letting you reach as high as your forklift or telehandler can take you.

It’s safer than ladders—which as noted above, has been an increasing standard violation over the past year—and allows you to work with both hands free, without the risk of falling.

With a full-perimeter toe board and front mid-rail entrance, this 1,000 lb capacity work platform attachment lets you get the job done safely and effectively.

Don’t Risk It

Don’t risk your life, your workers’ safety or the safety of others by using makeshift platforms or cobbled together items to reach up high. Death due to falls, slips, and trips on construction sites rose 11% in 20192. If you follow the safety protocols for working at heights and use the proper equipment attachments, you’ll keep you and your team from becoming another statistic.

Stay safe and efficient on the worksite with Star Industries attachments.

With Star Industries attachments for telehandlers and forklifts, you and your team can get the job done at any height without exposing yourself or others to risks and hazards. Stay safe and efficient on the worksite with Star Industries attachments.

Check out our other forklift and telehandler attachments here. Or contact us. You can also Call Star at (800) 541-1797 and speak to one of our specialists today. Email mail@starindustries.com

Star Industries Safety Work Platform
Violations

You can find more information about the OSHA standards mentioned above in the following links:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,424 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,199
  3. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,649
  4. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,538
  5. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,129
  6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,065
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,932
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,621
  9. Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,369
  10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,313