Rico Manufacturing Enhances Safety with OSHA-Compliant EX Forklift Conversions

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RICO Manufacturing
691 West Liberty
Medina, Ohio 44256



Release Date: December 20, 2023

For Immediate Release


Rico Manufacturing Enhances Safety with OSHA-Compliant EX Forklift Conversions


Medina, OH – December 20, 2023 – Rico Manufacturing, a leader in material handling equipment, announces an expansion of its EX-forklift conversion services, aligning with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. This initiative is vital for forklift dealers and end users operating in environments with flammable vapors or dust.

In accordance with OSHA 1910.178(b)(7), Type EX forklifts are designed for safe operation in atmospheres containing flammable vapors or dusts. Rico Manufacturing's EX conversions ensure compliance with OSHA standards (1910.178(c)(2)(ii)), permitting the use of approved power-operated industrial trucks in these potentially hazardous conditions.

Dealers and end users must note that trucks designated as Type EX, whether manufactured or converted, require approval by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL). Rico Manufacturing emphasizes adherence to NFPA 505 (2006) 4.2.14, stipulating that the conversion of trucks for hazardous locations must comply with UL standards and be certified by an NRTL.

Compliance with these standards is a joint responsibility of forklift dealers and end users. Rico Manufacturing encourages vigilance in adhering to regulations, ensuring the safe operation of Type EX trucks in environments with flammable vapors, dusts, or other hazardous elements. Stay informed, prioritize safety, and utilize approved equipment for a secure and productive work environment.

For more information on Rico Manufacturing's OSHA-compliant EX forklift conversions and safety-focused solutions, please contact our Explosion Proof Specialists at 330-723-4050 ext.8217 or ext.8245 or email Sales@RicoEquipment.com

All EX-vehicles are built to the UL583 specifications and are approved by a National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for operation in:

Class 1, Division 1 & 2, Group D Class 2, Division 1 & 2, Group G Hazardous Environment

Dealers have the capability to supply chassis suitable for conversion projects with the trucks specified below:

6K & 8K Pallet Truck                         HYSTER: W60Z & W80Z     YALE: MPW060E & MPW080E

3K, 4K, 6K, 8K & 10K Sit Down      HYSTER: E30XN, E40XN, E60XN, E80XN & E100XN

YALE: ERC030, ERC040, ERC060, ERC080 & ERC100VH


** Rico provides an extensive range of trucks and rental options that are specifically designed to meet explosion-proof standards. **


Media Contact: Jenn Gray Marketing Manager, Rico Manufacturing marketing@ricoequipment.com, 330-723-4050 ext. 8220

About RICO Manufacturing

Since 1984 RICO Manufacturing has been designing and manufacturing specialized lift trucks for the most rigorous and demanding industries around the globe.

RICO’s standard for excellence in design, manufacturing, and installation results in the best EX-rated lift trucks on the market today. All our explosion-proof lift trucks are designed around operator visibility, friendly maintenance, and outstanding parts/service support.

For more information on RICO Manufacturing’s custom material handling solutions, visit our website at www.ricoequipment.com or contact our sales team at 330-723-4050.