In order to ensure productivity and safety, your machine must be maintained whether it is a used forklift or a new forklift. Careless forklift operation can result in added costs due to abuse and damage. There are simple ways to identify operator practices which indirectly contribute to expenses related to the improper operation of Caterpillar lift trucks or forklifts. The following tips will truly help you reduce operating costs while ensuring a long life for your machinery.
Causes Of Forklift And Facility Damage
Incorrect Forklifts. Choosing the correct lift truck equipment for the application is essential for efficient and safe forklift performance. One of the most common mistakes is utilizing the wrong kind of forklift or alternatives for the specific task. Machinery can suffer premature wear and tear. Parts can be subject to failure. Check 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 could occur while navigating around things. A congested work place lends itself to impacts. For example, pushing pallets, called "Bulldozing", can damage the transmission and wear tires.
Unsafe Forklift Speeding and Lifting. Personal injury and equipment damage could happen by incorrect lifting practices. Common errors consist of lifting very high and traveling too fast. A load that is too heavy could cause the forklift to tip over. The driver should 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 twine, wood, plastic or banding gets into the engine compartment, the cooling system can be compromised. The result could be engine failure or even fire.
Radiator or axle damage is one more common result of driving over debris.