In order to guarantee safety and productivity, your equipment must be maintained whether it is a used forklift or a new forklift. Careless forklift operation can result in additional expenses due to damage and abuse. There are easy ways to identify operator practices that indirectly contribute to expenses associated to the improper operation of Caterpillar forklifts or lift trucks. The tips below would help you lessen operating expenses while ensuring a long life for your machinery.
Causes Of Forklift And Facility Damage
Incorrect Forklifts. Selecting the correct lift truck equipment for the application is essential for safe and efficient forklift performance. One of the most common mistakes is utilizing the wrong kind of forklift or options for the particular job. Machines could suffer premature wear and tear. Parts may be subject to failure. Make sure that the lift truck is fitted with the correct tires and that they are not worn.
Improper Forklift Operating Practices. A common cause of impact damage is improper forklift operating practices. Damage to equipment, facilities or product may take place while navigating around products. A congested work area lends itself to impacts. For example, pushing pallets, referred to as "Bulldozing", can wear tires and damage the transmission.
Unsafe Forklift Lifting and Speeding. Wrong lifting practices could lead to personal injury and equipment damage. Common mistakes consist of traveling very fast and lifting very high. A load that is very heavy could cause the forklift to tip over. The driver should make sure that the forks are level.
Poor Floor Conditions. Debris and obstructions on the floor are the most common cause of forklift damage. If twine, wood, banding or plastic gets into the engine compartment, the cooling system can be compromised. The result could be engine failure or even fire.
Radiator or axle damage is another common result of driving over debris.