The High Cost Of Forklift Truck Abuse
Causes Of Forklift Truck And Facility Damage
1. Poor Floor Conditions:
- Driving forklifts over debris such as wood, plastic wrap, twine and banding can cause radiator or axle damage.
- If debris is blown into the engine compartment, it can also destroy the cooling system and cause engine failure.
2. Improper Operating Practices:
Congested work areas can cause impact damage to product, lift trucks or facilities.
- “Bulldozing” or pushing pallets can result in premature tire wear and expensive transmission damage.
- Losing control of the forklift can cause product damage or personal injury.
- Any impact to the forklift can damage tires, wheels, body panels, frame parts, forks, attachments and the load backrest.
3. Unsafe Lifting and Speed:
- Serious damage or personal injury can occur when forklift trucks operate at high lift and travel speeds.
- Tip overs can also result from raising a heavy load while traveling too fast.
4. Incorrect Equipment or Options
- Using the wrong equipment for the job can cause premature wear and failure to major components.
- Proper equipment selection helps ensure efficient forklift truck operation and performance, and helps to lower overall maintenance costs.
- Operating forklifts with worn or incorrect tires can be a major contributor to your maintenance expense.
- How To Get Forklift Certified
- Tips To Improve Your Material Handling Efficiency
- How To Avoid a Forklift Tip-Over
- Forklift Safety Rules of the Road
- Operating Forklifts on Inclines, Ramps, and Grades