A damaged forklift can pose a considerable safety risk. While also increasing the amount of repair work required as the broken part creates more damage.
A forklift truck is a dangerous piece of industrial machinery. Every year, up to 100 people are killed in forklift-related accidents. An additional 20,000 have accidents where they are seriously injured.
Do you have a damaged forklift that might be a safety risk? If you don't have a sense of urgency about getting it repaired perhaps you don't understand the risks. Read on to learn why repairing a damaged forklift immediately is the right thing to do.
If the damage from your forklift truck has resulted in an oil or hydraulic fluid leak, this may represent a fire risk. Oil and hydraulic fluid are combustible.
If oil or hydraulic fluid gets on to other materials it can turn a low fire risk into a high one. Paper, cardboard, and other materials can easily catch fire with consequences for property and life.
An oil leak can quickly become a slip hazard. A pool of oil on a warehouse floor, especially in an area where people walk, can get on to people's footwear. The result can be slips and associated injuries.
The injuries from slips are not necessarily trivial. Many accidents result in serious injuries and even death.
If the oil leak is a continuous one and the forklift is still in operation, the leaking oil spreads all over the area of operation. This makes the hazard widespread. Take the forklift truck out of service and fix the leak.
Nip it in the Bud
Be aware that damage to a forklift truck could develop into a bigger problem later. A small amount of damage can hide a much greater problem.
An example of this is a simple oil leak. This may seem trivial, especially if the forklift truck seems to be operating normally. An oil leak could indicate a much greater problem or lead to a greater problem in time.
Oil from the transmission prevents overheating from friction. Lost oil will eventually lead to more damage and even failure. Better to resolve the problem as soon as you are aware of an oil leak than to have to resolve a much more serious mechanical failure later.
Damage Your Products
Some types of damage to a forklift truck can result in harm to the materials that are being handled. For example, damage to the forks could lead to a failure of the forks. This could result in dropping or damaging the load.
Increase Your Costs
The best way to prevent high repair costs is to do routine preventative maintenance. This keeps the forklift truck in good working order and stops faults from developing. This is a good opportunity to identify and act on small examples of damage.
In the long term, this maintenance will stop large problems from developing. Larger maintenance issues are generally more expensive.
Return on Investment
A forklift truck is a big capital cost. It's important to get the best return on such a big investment. That return is maximized when the forklift truck remains operational and has a long life.
Conducting repairs promptly and effectively keeps the forklift truck operational and extends its life. The result is long term effective operation and returns on investment.