To be able to ensure safety and productivity, your machinery must be maintained whether it is a used forklift or a new forklift. Careless forklift operation can lead to additional expenses because of abuse and damage. There are easy ways to identify operator practices that indirectly contribute to costs associated to the incorrect operation of Caterpillar lift trucks or forklifts. The following tips would help you lessen operating expenses while ensuring a long life for your machinery.
Causes Of Forklift And Facility Damage
Incorrect Forklifts. Selecting the right lift truck equipment for the application is important for safe and efficient forklift performance. One of the most common mistakes is using the wrong kind of forklift or alternatives for the particular job. Machinery could suffer premature wear and tear. Components 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 incorrect forklift operating practices. Damage to facilities, product or machine may happen while navigating around things. 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 occur by incorrect lifting practices. Common mistakes include traveling very fast and lifting too high. 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 obstructions and debris on the floor. If twine, wood, plastic or banding 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 one more common result of driving over debris.