To be able to guarantee productivity and safety, your machinery must be maintained whether it is a used forklift or a brand new forklift. Careless forklift operation can result in additional expenses because of abuse and damage. There are simple ways to identify operator practices which indirectly contribute to costs related to the improper operation of Caterpillar forklifts or lift trucks. The tips below would really help you lessen operating expenses while ensuring a long life for your machinery.
Causes Of Forklift And Facility Damage
Incorrect Forklifts. For the efficient and safe performance of a forklift, it is vital to choose the correct lift truck equipment for the application. One of the most common mistakes is using the wrong kind of forklift or options for the particular task. Machines could suffer premature wear and tear. Parts can be subject to failure. Make certain that the lift truck is fitted with the correct tires and that they are not worn.
Incorrect Forklift Operating Practices. Improper forklift operating practices are a common cause of impact damage. Damage to product, machine or facilities could take place while navigating around things. A congested work area lends itself to impacts. For instance, pushing pallets, called "Bulldozing", could damage the transmission and wear tires.
Unsafe Forklift Speeding and Lifting. Improper lifting practices could lead to equipment damage and personal injury. Common mistakes include lifting too high and traveling too fast. A load that is very heavy can cause the forklift to tip over. The operator must 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 wood, twine, plastic or banding gets into the engine compartment, the cooling system could be compromised. The result could be engine failure or even fire.
Axle or radiator damage is another common result of driving over debris.