The High Cost Of Forklift Truck Abuse

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The High Cost Of Forklift Truck Abuse

Read below to learn a few of the key causes of forklift and facility damage, then share this information with your employees to help reinforce a safer working environment.

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.

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