Regardless whether you have a new forklift fleet or second-hand forklifts, your machinery has to be maintained to ensure productivity and safety. Careless forklift operation could lead to added costs due to damage and abuse. There are easy ways to identify operator practices which indirectly contribute to costs associated to the improper operation of Caterpillar forklifts or lift trucks. The suggestions below will help you lessen operating costs while ensuring a long life for your machine.
Causes Of Facility and Forklift Damage
Incorrect Forklifts. For the safe and efficient performance of a forklift, it is important to choose the right lift truck equipment for the application. One of the most common mistakes is utilizing the wrong kind of forklift or options for the specific job. Machines could suffer premature wear and tear. Components can 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. Improper forklift operating practices are a common cause of impact damage. Damage to facilities, product or machine may happen while navigating around products. A congested work area lends itself to impacts. Like for example, pushing pallets, called "Bulldozing", can damage the transmission and wear tires.
Unsafe Forklift Speeding and Lifting. Equipment damage and personal injury could take place by incorrect lifting practices. Common errors comprise lifting very high and traveling very fast. A load that is too 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 wood, twine, banding or plastic gets into the engine compartment, the cooling system can be compromised. The result can be engine failure or even fire.
Radiator or axle damage is one more common consequence of driving over debris.