Forklifts Lifting Forklifts—Caught on Video

July 20, 2014
Let's explore good and bad examples of synchronized industrial vehicles.

Jervis B. Webb Company may have earned a patent for synchronized travel of automated guided vehicles, but there are forklift operators out there who’ve elevated synchronization to an art form—one that MH&L doesn’t recommend without the necessary approvals and advice from the equipment OEMs or dealers. Synchronization in this context means one forklift lifting another to perform a task. Somebody sent me a video clip demonstrating this and I couldn’t believe anyone would be desperate enough to try this stunt. But after doing a search I found several more examples.

Consider this a rogue’s gallery of forklift-on-forklift action. Its purpose is not to celebrate their "innovation," but to caution executives about what may be happening in their operations without their knowledge or approval. The things in these videos may have happened because the workers in them were not given the proper equipment to get their jobs done. Or, they may just have been showing off for buddies. Either way, there are better and safer ways to move heavy, awkward loads than these methods.

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