Operating a forklift entails working with some serious machinery. Safety is priority number one for not only the operator but also those working around them. Similar to cars, forklifts require frequent service and maintenance.
In order to reduce the risk of injury and dangerous incidents, it is important that your equipment is kept in tiptop condition. Neglecting to maintain and service a forklift on a regular basis could result in a decrease in performance or worse, put workers at higher risk for dangerous incidents to occur.
To keep your material handling equipment well maintained and in check, here are 3 important steps to servicing and maintaining your forklift.
Be Proactive with Maintenance
When you fail to perform regular maintenance on your forklift truck, you are allowing room for big mechanical problems to occur.
Equipment problems which are not caught early on can result in costly repairs, decrease the lifespan of your forklift, and even put your workers at serious risk.
Being proactive with your maintenance means catching problems early, saving you money and in turn extending the lifespan of your forklift so you won’t have to replace it prematurely, but most importantly keeping your operators and work environment as safe as possible.
The best way to be proactive in your maintenance is to conduct daily and weekly checks on all material handling equipment, and keep up with your equipment’s service intervals.
Conduct Daily Checks
Before beginning use of a forklift, it is highly recommended by the RTITB that an operator perform safety checks daily in addition to scheduled equipment inspections as forklifts are moving heavy loads on a continual basis. It is important to check each portion of the machine’s parts, paying closer attention to the heels, tips, forks, and hooks. By conducting daily checks, an operator is ensuring that all equipment is being regularly maintained and any repairs are made the moment a problem is discovered. The goal is for your equipment to always be in safe working condition, so that operators can get the job done and safeguard against dangerous accidents.
For more information on conducting forklift inspections, read Forklift Safety Inspection
Keep Up With Service Intervals
In addition to daily checks, scheduled service intervals should be scheduled. Material handling equipment, such as forklifts, require frequent service and maintenance just like any other machinery. Regular maintenance should be conducted around your equipment manufacturer’s recommended service intervals. These service intervals are based on the hour clock reading. The environment that your forklift is operating in can also have an affect on the service intervals. Environmental factors include conditions of colder temperatures, excess moisture, exposure to chemicals, and even the flooring the forklift is operating on.
Develop a proper schedule for your forklifts service intervals. A company may do this through working with their service provider to conduct service visits, preventative maintenance and thorough examinations. By checking your material handling equipment daily as well as conducting scheduled service intervals, you will be taking the necessary steps to maintaining a safe and functional forklift.
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