CLARK - Committed to safety

CLARK continues to be an industry leader with innovative product development, including safety features such as the Operator Restraint Systems, Rear Posts on Stand-Up Riders, and Operator Presence for Traction and Hydraulic Circuits pioneered by CLARK and adopted as a standard feature on all forklift trucks.

The list below outlines CLARKs commitment to research, development, design, and implementation of features that have increased both the Operator and the safe operation of the Lift Truck.


A Mechanical Manual Tiering Attachment is added to the CLARK Duat and it becomes a lift truck, ending the manual labor needed to stack heavy materials.


The CLARK Tructier adds Hydraulics to the Tiering Attachment which is now permanently mounted. The Hydraulic Circuits for the Tiering Attachment reduces both the labor required and the strain on the operator and increasing the smooth operation of the Tructier.


CLARK adds Operator and Safe Operation Decals as a standard feature on all CLARK lift trucks.


CLARK introduced the First Formalized Lift Truck Operator Training Program.


CLARK begins installing Overhead Guards and Load Backrest Extensions which become a Material Handling Industry Standard in 1967.


CLARK begins installing Rear Overhead Guard Posts as standard equipment on all stand­up rider lift trucks in order to aid in decreasing serious injuries from objects entering the operator compartment. Most other manufacturers only offer Rear Overhead Guard Posts as an option.


CLARK begins installing an Operator Restraint System on all sit-down forklifts. The Operator Restraint System becomes a Material Handling Industry Standard in 1993.


CLARK delivers a copy of “The Employers Guide to Material Handling Safety” to all currently known customers and also begins delivering it with every new forklift.


CLARK no longer approves the use of work baskets on CLARK forklifts. Most other manufacturers have followed CLARK’s example even though it is permitted under the strict guidelines in ANSI/ITSDF B56.1.


CLARK begins delivering a CD/DVD on Safe Lift Truck Operation with every new forklift.


CLARK begins installing Operator Presence for the traction circuits on all new forklifts. This feature disables lift truck travel when the operator is not in the operating position. This feature becomes a Material Handling Industry Standard in 2009.


CLARK begins installing Operator Presence for hydraulic functions on all new forklifts. This feature disables the hydraulic functions of the upright when the operator is not in the operating position. This feature becomes a Material Handling Industry Standard in 2013.

As we move into the future CLARKs commitment to safety will continue to be a key element in our new product design and development. At CLARK our Safety and Value Engineering Program, along with our Product Engineers and Suppliers work together to minimize costs and, at the same time, improve the Safety, Quality, and Efficiency of our Lift Truck Product Lines. 


Safety and accessories

Safety is a key element in CLARK’s customer satisfaction strategy. Even though all CLARK models meet the highest safety standards, that is not where it stops. CLARK offers a wide range of products, services and publications that should help you improve safety when operating your industrial truck at your plant. You as the employer and operator are responsible for creating a safe work environment. Some operators may assume that the installation of warning lights or alarms solve their safety issues; however, operation safety is a complex issue. Not a single combination of safety equipment can provide a perfectly safe work environment. Since your operation is unique, there are unique safety concepts and policies. To further improve safety at your company, you should implement a comprehensive safety program that meets your specific safety requirements.




Health and safety organizations require training for forklift operators. CLARK dealers can provide help with operator and mechanic training courses and materials and offer a variety of training packages for stand-up, sit-down and pallet trucks.


There are many helpful manuals and publications available through your CLARK dealer. Maintenance and parts manuals, as well as operator’s manuals, are ordered using the truck serial number. If you are starting a training program, ask your CLARK dealer about training materials.


Your dealer representative may be able to suggest an attachment to help you do some more jobs more safely or more efficiently. Check with your equipment supplier on the capacity rating of the truck when adding or changing an attachment. The capacity plate must be updated to show the correct rating.


Trained dealership personnel can evaluate your operation to check whether your trucks are right for the work you have them doing. They will look at the loads you are handling, and compare the size, weight and dimensions of the load to the truck’s rated capacity. They can tell you whether you are using the right type of tyre for the work surface.