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Bear Country Forklift Parts and Supply LLC was created in part from the vast experience Scott has with material handling equipment as well as farm manufacturing equipment.
Our prices are at or lower than competitor prices.We look forward to helping you with price quotes, ordering, and keeping your business run as efficiently as possible.

Our faith in God is what made us decide to take this journey in becoming business owners.
Our faith in the customers will make our business a success.

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Bear Country Forklift Parts and Supply LLC
816 1/2 Superior Street
Antigo, WI  54409
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INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SWEEPERS AND SCRUBBERS: SELECTING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT

When you’re making the investment in floor cleaning solutions for your warehouse, think about the overall process, including cleaning goals and floor space.
industrial floor sweeper
Determine the actual cleaning floor space.
“Do I need an industrial floor sweeper or scrubber?
This is the first question every company should address before their investment. Very quickly you can determine the right solution by asking – “Do we use a broom and dustpan? Or mop and bucket?” If a broom is sufficient, an industrial floor sweeper will handle your needs. For a mop and bucket solution, invest in the industrial floor scrubber.
“Our company has decided to invest in an industrial floor sweeper or scrubber. Should we select a rider or walk-behind?”
Whether you need a rider or walk-behind depends greatly on the floor space square footage, how often you clean and the results you expect to maintain. A rider scrubber is larger and holds more cleaning solution. It can clean 58,000 sq ft/per hour. A rider sweeper will also handle a large area, cleaning 52,000 sq ft/per hour. A walk-behind will cover a smaller range, approximately 30,000 sq ft/per hour for a scrubber and 30,000 sq ft/per hour for a sweeper.
When calculating the floor space, consider how much it covered by offices, racking and product. On average, most companies have only 30% of their building exposed for cleaning.
Frequency of the cleaning is another factor. Will you clean the floor space in its entirety once a week? Or, do you tend to break down the area, cleaning a smaller portion each day? Your expectations of a maintained area matter as well, possibly increase the frequency of cleaning.

INDUSTRIAL SWEEPERS AND FOUR QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING EQUIPMENT

A sign of a safer, healthier warehouse environment is a clean floor. While the food and medical industries are mandated to provide a sanitary environment, manufacturing and industrial processes typically use processes that are dirty. When care is taken to minimize the resulting dirt and debris, not only are slip and fall hazards decreased but employees and visitors are impressed with the company’s commitment to a safer workplace.
Industrial sweepers offer a more efficient cleaning method for warehouses. The equipment’s main purpose is to pick up dust and debris on the warehouse floor. Instead of pushing dirt to the side – something that occurs when using a broom – the industrial sweeper vacuums the dust and tosses it into a built-in container. Operation of the equipment is quiet and its lightweight components make it user-friendly for the operator.
To help you evaluate your industrial sweeper options, we are sharing our top four questions to consider:
What are you picking up? Knowing the cleaning challenges on your warehouse floor is key to equipment and brush selection. You may be struggling with materials only such as fine dust and broken pallets. However, if you are dealing with the residue or oil and grease, an industrial sweeper may not be your full solution.
Where are you cleaning? Some warehouses have an open area but yours may involve obstacles like aisles, docks, parking areas and work bays. Also consider your surface and if it is wet, smooth, rough, etc.
How large is the area being cleaned? While your warehouse is 5,000 square feet, the industrial sweeper may need to clean only 50 percent of this area. For an accurate calculation, decrease it where flooring is covered by work bays, equipment, racking, etc. If you clean aisles, measure the width of the aisles to ensure the equipment can maneuver within the space. Understanding the size of the area will also determine if your operator should use a walk-behind or ride-on model.
How often do you clean? For the best productivity results your industrial sweeper must maintain a charge during the cleaning. Many models operate on battery; however, some equipment uses gasoline, diesel or liquid propane. To project a return on investment in time-savings, benchmark the current time spent on cleaning the warehouse floor.
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* PERSONNEL CARRIERS: WALK OR RIDE? 8 QUESTIONS TO ASK.

How many repetitive trips in the warehouse are your employees making on foot?
Pedestrian interaction with material handling equipment traffic is one of the most dangerous situations in a manufacturing, warehousing or distribution environment. Without protected walkways it is difficult for operators to visually locate pedestrians. Personnel carriers can not only increase the safe transport of employees but it can also increase their productivity.

Forklift fatality statistics teach us an operator is more likely to kill a pedestrian than themselves in an accident. Putting an employee in a personnel carrier with running lights or a flashing beacon and horn reduces pedestrian traffic and risk of injury. Visibility of personnel is also increased while riding on this equipment.

Productivity does work hand in hand with safety.
An employee only has so many hours to accomplish work each day. Minutes wasted on walking cuts into the time they have to do other tasks. The employee may rush throughout the day, taking shortcuts in the facility instead of staying in marked-off walkways.

Additionally a person may think, “If I do this the safe way, it will slow me down.” For example, if a maintenance worker needs a tool to safely finish a repair, he may decide not to walk back to the shop to find it. Instead, he will use tools he has on-hand to finish the job which may result in an injury.

The right machine for the job is as important to safety as it is to productivity, customer satisfaction and reliability. Ask these 8 questions when considering a personnel carrier for your facility:

What distances do you need to travel?
How many trips through the facility do you expect to make with the equipment per shift?
Will you need to travel outside, even when it rains or is dark?
Do you have grades or rough areas to travel?
How tight are areas you must maneuver?
Will you need to carry materials or tools? If yes, what is the combined weight of the load and personnel?
How big are the materials you need to move?
Will you need to tow product?
A personnel carrier may be seen as a luxury item for the warehouse; however, it can reclaim production time lost during walking through the facility. It also decreases the risk of workplace accidents or injuries.
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Why Are Forklift Safety Lights Needed?

Even though safety devices like back up alarms and strobe lights were being added to forklifts from many manufacturers as standard issue equipment, a better solution was needed. Whatever value these devices had as safety systems was negated by the fact that they were so annoying to operators who watched the strobe lights and listened to the grating alarm all day, every day, that they were being intentionally disabled by many forklift drivers. Obviously, a safety precaution that doesn’t work properly is no good to anyone. What was needed in the industry was an obvious, yet unobtrusive warning system that would allow both inattentive pedestrians and other forklift operators to quickly identify not only that a forklift was headed in their direction, but also precisely where it was coming from and how fast it was moving. The forklift blue safety light solves all of these problems in one neat package. Blue forklift spot lights are a favorite of operators for their unobtrusiveness, pedestrians for their prominence and easiness to notice even while distracted, and management because they actually get results and increase the safety of the whole team.

What is the purpose of the Red Zone Danger Area Warning Light?

40% of all forklift accidents involve a pedestrian. Ensure pedestrians stay a safe distance away from the forklift with the Red Zone Warning Light. The Red Zone puts a bright red line on the floor, near the forklift, to show pedestrians where they are not allowed. This zone can also be called the HALO zone and can be adjusted to the distance of your choice. The Red Zone helps prevent foot injuries and collisions from rear end swing, as well as, showing the NO GO ZONE around any piece of mobile equipment. How is the Red Zone mounted, wired up and adjusted? The Red Zone lights are mounted to the sides of the forklift and can also be mounted on the rear and/or front. One Red Zone light is required for each side of the forklift you want to protect. They come with a tool free bracket so that you can quickly and easily mount them to the forklift’s overhead guard without modifying or damaging it in any way. Our Red Zone video shows the complete mounting process. They are mounted slightly in back of where the operator sits so as not to interfere with their progress as they get on and off the forklift. Heavy duty zip ties hold the lights firmly to the overhead guard. The Red Zone lights are then adjusted with the swiveling mounting bracket to the distance of choice. Each company can set their own NO GO ZONE or HALO ZONE distance, typically between two and five feet from the forklift. Installation of each light bracket should take only a few minutes on most makes and models of forklifts. Once all the lights are mounted, a qualified maintenance person or forklift technician can wire the lights into the forklift’s power. Exactly where to connect into the truck’s power will depend on each make and model, see your local dealer or contact the manufacturer if you have any questions on how to connect them. You will want the Red Zone lights to be on all the time the forklift is on, even when it is stopped; when the forklift is shut off, the Red Zone lights should also turn off
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* * Whole Body Vibration * *

There are countless health and safety hazards within every working environment and whole body vibration is one of them. Both operators and passengers of machines and vehicles are exposed to harmful levels of whole body vibration (WBV). Whole body vibration can result in numerous health effects from Musculoskeletal disorders to loss of vision.

Lift truck operators are one of the many exposed to vibration in their daily work. Vibration levels need to be taken seriously in order to guarantee the comfort and safety of lift truck operators and it is important that these vibrations do not exceed certain levels.

What is Whole Body Vibration?

Whole body vibration (WBV) is the vibration that is transmitted through the seat, when an employee is driving machines over rough and uneven surfaces. It is important to note that an operator’s posture can affect the transmission of the vibration to the body.

What are the Health Effects of Whole Body Vibration?

The most commonly reported disorder, resulting from WBV, is lower back pain. Although, studies have shown that long-term exposure to WBV increases the risk of more serious health effects, such as, herniated disc and early degeneration of the spine. Other health effects can include:

• Digestive problems
• Reproductive organ damage
• Impairment of vision and/or balance
• Cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and metabolic changes

What are the causes of Whole Body Vibration?

The main causes of WBV include rough roads, resistance forces, vehicle activity and engine vibration. Factors that increase or decrease WBV exposure includes:

• Road construction/maintenance
• Vehicle type
• Age/condition of vehicle
• Maintenance of vehicle suspension systems
• Cab layout
• Lighting and visibility

How can exposure to WBV be reduced or eliminated?

One is able to minimise or eliminate exposure to WBV through minimising, vibration at the source, the paths of vibration and vibration at the position of the worker. Employers should:

• Choose the right vehicle for the conditions of the application
• Maintain seat and consider fitting with a high quality replacement
• Set variable speed limits that are relative to ground conditions
• Train employees on how to operate equipment effectively
• Ensure operators know how to adjust their seats correctly
• Rotate drivers to limit exposure in high risk areas
• Improve ground conditions and maintain housekeeping
• Keep records of risk assessment and incidents

Workers should be consulted when setting priorities and identifying solutions. A combination of control measures need to be put in place to reduce exposure to WBV:

• Modifying processes to eliminate the risk
• Redesigning the task or equipment
• Purchase of machines designed to reduce vibration
• Implementation of a seat maintenance program

The health risks associated with whole body vibration emphasize the importance of ensuring that vibration levels are kept to an absolute minimum. Reducing whole body vibration will not only improve the productivity of workers, but will also improve health and safety standards within the workplace.
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*Summer Safety Tips for Warehouse Workers & Forklift Drivers

Summertime is usually busy-time for forklift drivers. Increased orders are the norm, overtime hours usually peak in the summer months, and the unique demand & challenges of outdoor forklift operations (for some workers) demand attention to detail and safety-minded practices to avoid accidents. As a forklift operator, your employer is responsible for making sure you are kept safe and not subjected to health-threatening situations. But there are a few things you can do yourself to protect yourself against the harsh sun and hot weather of the summer.
Why is Heat Dangerous to Workers in the Summer?
The body maintains its stable internal temperature through sweating and circulating more blood to the skin. When someone is in a very hot environment, their body isn’t able to maintain its normal temperature as well, and cooling the body become harder. When the blood brought to the skin cannot lose its heat, perspiration becomes the main way for the body to release the excess heat. However, sweating is only effective if the humidity in the air is low enough to allow the sweat to evaporate, and whether or not the fluids and salts in the body that are lost via sweating are replaced with proper hydration and nutrition.
When the body cannot expel the excess heat, the body’s internal temperature rises along with the heart rate. This can lead to heat stroke, heat rash, illness, fainting, loss of concentration, and even death.
If you’ll be working outside this summer on a forklift, it’s important for you to prepare for the heat and consciously take the steps needed to make sure you are hydrated, nourished, and kept cool.
Who is Most at Risk for Heat Hazards?
Workers who spend time outdoors in the summer, in direct sunlight, without much shade, and while wearing non-breathable clothing and hats are some of most vulnerable to heat hazards. Even if you won’t be working much outdoors, warehouses and other indoor spaces that aren’t well-ventilated or lack air conditioning can get hot and humid and contribute to heat-related illness. The hazard increases if you’ll be working around radiant heat sources or handling hot objects.
Some of the most at risk workplaces are:

Iron and steel foundries
Nonferrous foundries
Brick-firing and ceramic plants
Glass production plants
Rubber product factories
Electrical utilities, like boiler rooms
Food canneries
Chemical plants
Mining sites
Smelters
Steam tunnels
Construction work
Farm work
Oil and gas well operations
Asbestos removal
Landscaping
Hazardous waste site activities

Summertime Safety Tips for Forklift Operators
Whether you’re the forklift operator or the employer of forklift drivers, keep safe this summer by sharing and following these handy tips:
Stay hydrated.
Stash a bottle of water in your forklift. With rising temperatures, the chance for cramping and / or dehydration increases. In order to operate your lift well, you have to be physically prepared. Staying hydrated is half the battle during the dog days of summer.
Don’t skip your maintenance schedule.
With sweltering conditions, your forklift needs some extra attention, too. Overheating is a common problem, so make sure your maintenance schedule is followed. Nothing ruins a shift faster than a broken-down forklift.
Forklift Maintenance Tips
1. Check tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires can cause load shifts, bad turns and other accidents. You can find the pressure on the tire or in the driver’s manual.
2. Make sure the safety features are in working order. Turn signals, back-up signals, horns – these are very important for proper forklift maintenance.
3. Do regular inspections. Most forklifts have their own maintenance schedule. But it never hurts to do your own regular (or even random) inspections. How are the fluids? What’s that noise when you make a left turn? Stay on top of the little things, and the big picture will take care of itself.
4. Check for leaky hoses. Even if you see a slight leak somewhere that does not look like a big problem, identify where it’s coming from and fix it immediately. Remember that leaks will only get worse over time.
5. Ensure forks are straight. Your lift’s forks keep loads stable and help move & transport thousands of pounds of cargo every shift. Just one small bend in the forks will impact both performance and, more crucially, safety. Make sure those forks are good to go – if not, have them repaired or replaced.
Take more frequent breaks.
It may seem counterproductive to take more breaks, but, as a forklift operator, you can’t do much good work if you’re dehydrated, overheated, and have lost your focus on the tasks at hand. Throughout the work day, take more frequent breaks to rest in the shade, drink water, and enjoy a small snack to keep your fluid levels up and prevent an empty stomach from further depleting your internal reserves.
Shield yourself from the sun.
For outdoor workers, this is vital to summer-long safety. Spend 8 or 10 hours outside under the sun, and you’ll eventually feel the impact. If you work in a shipyard, dock or other outdoor setting, keep yourself protected with a hat, sunscreen or additional roof covering.
Build a tolerance to working in the heat.
As the one responsible for keeping workers safe and preventing accidents and illness, employers should allow new and returning workers to build a tolerance to the heat and gradually increase workloads as they become acclimated.
Monitor signs of heat-related illness.
The best way to prevent heat-related illness and accidents from happening on a worksite is to closely monitor the signs and symptoms of the beginnings of heat-related discomfort.
The most common symptoms include:

Confusion
Headache
Nausea
Dizziness and weakness
Irritability
Loss of focus
Heavy sweating
Muscle cramping
Loss of consciousness
And seizures
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