Regardless whether you have a new forklift fleet or used forklifts, your machinery needs to be maintained to ensure safety and productivity. Careless forklift operation could lead to additional expenses due to abuse and damage. There are easy ways to identify operator practices that indirectly contribute to expenses related to the wrong operation of Caterpillar lift trucks or forklifts. The suggestions below will help you reduce operating expenses while ensuring a long life for your equipment.
Causes Of Facility and Forklift Damage
Wrong Forklifts. Choosing the correct 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. Machines can suffer premature wear and tear. Components may be subject to failure. Make certain that the lift truck is fitted with the right tires and that they are not worn.
Improper Forklift Operating Practices. Incorrect forklift operating practices are a common cause of impact damage. Damage to machine, facilities or product may occur while navigating around products. A congested work area lends itself to impacts. For instance, pushing pallets, called "Bulldozing", can wear tires and damage the transmission.
Unsafe Forklift Speeding and Lifting. Personal injury and equipment damage could happen by improper lifting practices. Common mistakes consist of lifting too high and traveling very fast. A load which is too heavy could cause the forklift to tip over. The driver 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, 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.