Regardless whether you have a brand new forklift fleet or second-hand forklifts, your equipment needs to be maintained to guarantee safety and productivity. Careless forklift operation could lead to added expenses because of abuse and damage. There are easy ways to identify operator practices which indirectly contribute to costs associated to the incorrect operation of Caterpillar lift trucks or forklifts. The following tips will help you lower operating costs while ensuring a long life for your machinery.
Causes Of Facility and Forklift Damage
Wrong Forklifts. Choosing the right lift truck equipment for the application is important for efficient and safe forklift performance. One of the most common mistakes is utilizing the wrong type of forklift or alternatives for the specific job. Machinery could suffer premature wear and tear. Parts could be subject to failure. Check that the lift truck is fitted with the right tires and that they are not worn.
Improper Forklift Operating Practices. A common cause of impact damage is improper forklift operating practices. Damage to product, equipment or facilities can happen while navigating around things. A congested work area lends itself to impacts. Like for instance, pushing pallets, called "Bulldozing", can wear tires and damage the transmission.
Unsafe Forklift Lifting and Speeding. Wrong lifting practices could lead to equipment damage and personal injury. Common errors comprise lifting very high and traveling too fast. A load which is too heavy could cause the forklift to tip over. The driver should make sure that the forks are level.
Poor Floor Conditions. The most common cause of forklift damage are debris and obstructions on the floor. If twine, wood, plastic or banding gets into the engine compartment, the cooling system could be compromised. The result can be engine failure or even fire.
Radiator or axle damage is another common consequence of driving over debris.