Regardless whether you have a new forklift fleet or second-hand forklifts, your machine needs to be maintained to guarantee safety and productivity. Careless forklift operation could result in additional expenses due to damage and abuse. There are easy ways to identify operator practices which indirectly contribute to costs associated to the wrong operation of Caterpillar forklifts or lift trucks. The following suggestions will help you lessen operating costs while ensuring a long life for your machine.
Causes Of Forklift And Facility Damage
Wrong Forklifts. For the efficient and safe performance of a forklift, it is vital to select the correct lift truck equipment for the application. One of the most common mistakes is using the wrong type of forklift or alternatives for the particular task. Equipment can suffer premature wear and tear. Parts may be subject to failure. Check that the lift truck is fitted with the right tires and that they are not worn.
Incorrect Forklift Operating Practices. A common cause of impact damage is improper forklift operating practices. Damage to product, machine or facilities can occur while navigating around things. A congested work area lends itself to impacts. Like for example, pushing pallets, called "Bulldozing", can wear tires and damage the transmission.
Unsafe Forklift Speeding and Lifting. Incorrect lifting practices can result in personal injury and equipment damage. Common errors comprise lifting very high and traveling too fast. A load that is too heavy could cause the forklift to tip over. The operator should make sure that the forks are level.
Poor Floor Conditions. Obstructions and debris 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 could be compromised. The result can be engine failure or even fire.
Axle or radiator damage is another common result of driving over debris.