Daily and Weekly Checks to Keep Your Forklift Running Smoothly

Are you looking for ways to improve the performance of your forklift on both a daily and weekly basis? Are you searching for approaches to take to optimize output of these machines in new and innovative ways? If so, there is great news! The best way to keep your forklift in optimal working condition is by honing a progressive and proactive approach toward its maintenance and welfare. There are several checks you can conduct on both a daily and weekly basis to identify problems before they emerge and tackle these issues previous to them becoming a large-scale ordeal. Here are some examples of how you can execute various reviews and checks on a daily and weekly basis to get the most out of your material handling appliance:

Daily – Basic approaches can play a pivotal role in how your forklift operates day in and day out. Conducting all of the following systemic checks, as well as reviews of peripheral accessories are a proven way to make sure you get the best out of your lift truck today and tomorrow. First, check the engine oil to assure it is an appropriate level. Doing this will maximize fuel economy and protect the engine block from proliferated wear. Additionally, it is also imperative to make sure the fuel is sufficient to prevent stalling and safeguard the machine’s catalytic converter. Fostering this attitude will produce economical and eco-friendly results whilst enhancing safety. Furthermore, be sure to take a look at each of the tires previous to use as this can prevent flats or explosions. Doing so will reduce down time and prevent a bottleneck in any initiative. Finally, be sure to check the safety features of the vehicle, including all sensors, alarms, indicators, brakes, and lights. Conducting these checks will limit the risk of a workplace accident or incident whether it be a collision, pedestrian being struck, or collateral damage as a result. Additionally, adhering to these processes also limits vulnerabilities from being exposed to fines and sanctions from OSHA for failing to comply with the latest regulatory guidelines and directives.

Weekly – Weekly checks can be a bit more exhaustive and thus only need to be done once per seven days. Nevertheless, they are an imperative portion of forklift safety and fleet optimization. First, it is absolutely critical to monitor and adjust hydraulic and transmission oil levels. This assures that the forklift is being utilized safely, prevents a miscarriage of raw products and goods, and also safeguards the vehicle from transmission failure. The transmission is a central component of any forklift truck and if they fail, it can be extremely costly and even result in being forced to junk the appliance altogether. Additionally, be sure to check the oil lines for leaks and patch them as needed. Furthermore, having a look at the battery terminals, power steering fluid level, and lift chain adjustment will ensure each vehicle is being correctly used with minimal risk to the maneuvering or power of the apparatus. According to The Forklift Pro, this is a very general list of things that need to be done. The most important aspect of using these vehicles is doing so with a safety-conscious attitude.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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