To be able to ensure productivity and safety, your machinery should be maintained whether it is a second-hand forklift or a new forklift. Careless forklift operation can result in added costs because of damage and abuse. There are easy ways to identify operator practices which indirectly contribute to costs associated to the incorrect operation of Caterpillar forklifts or lift trucks. The suggestions below would help you reduce operating expenses while ensuring a long life for your machinery.
Causes Of Facility and Forklift Damage
Wrong Forklifts. For the safe and efficient performance of a forklift, it is essential to pick the correct lift truck equipment for the application. One of the most common mistakes is utilizing the wrong type of forklift or alternatives for the specific task. Equipment could suffer premature wear and tear. Components can be subject to failure. Make sure that the lift truck is fitted with the right tires and that they are not worn.
Incorrect Forklift Operating Practices. Improper forklift operating practices are a common cause of impact damage. Damage to machine, facilities or product may happen while navigating around things. A congested work place lends itself to impacts. Like for example, pushing pallets, known as "Bulldozing", could damage the transmission and wear tires.
Unsafe Forklift Speeding and Lifting. Equipment damage and personal injury could take place by improper lifting practices. Common mistakes consist of lifting very high and traveling too fast. A load which is very heavy can cause the forklift to tip over. The driver must 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 could be compromised. The result could be engine failure or even fire.
Radiator or axle damage is one more common consequence of driving over debris.