How to Prevent Forklift Abuse

Below are a few ways to prevent forklift abuse in your facility and save you from hefty repair costs.

  • Poor Floor Conditions
    • Always be on the lookout for debris such as wood, plastic wrap, twine, and branding.  These things can cause radiator or axle damage
    • If debris is blown into the engine compartment, it can have costly effects on the cooling system and cause engine failure
    • Solution:  Dedicate some time to clean up around the facility and as an operator be cautiously on the lookout for debris
  • Improper Operating Practices
    • Congested working areas can cause impact damage to product, lift trucks, and your facility
    • The impact to the forklift can damage tires, wheels, body panels, frame parts, forks, attachments, and load backrest.
    • NEVER practice “Bulldozing” or pushing pallets across the floor.  This results in premature tire wear and transmission damage.
    • Always know your machines capabilities.  Losing control of your forklift can cause product damage or personal injury
    • Solution:  Assure that every operator has been through operator training, and understands how to use their machine correctly.
  • Unsafe Lifting and Traveling Speeds
    • Always reduce your speed while lifting any type of load.
    • Tip-overs can result from raising heavy loads while traveling too fast
    • DO NOT floor your forklift around the facility.  Unsafe traveling speeds can result in serious damage or injury
    • Solution:  Keep it slow when raising heavy loads.  Slow down around corners and sound your horn so you are known.
  • Incorrect Equipment
    • If you are not sure about the right equipment for the job, contact an expert!  The wrong equipment for the job can cause premature wear and failures
    • Proper equipment can help ensure efficient forklift operation and performance.  This means overall lower maintenance cost.
    • Know the difference between correct and incorrect tires to use.  Incorrect tires can cause major maintenance expenses
    • Solution:  If you are not sure about what type of equipment you need, contact Fallsway to speak to an expert.

With the high cost of forklift repairs, follow these tips to reduce the amount of money spent on your machines and the amount of machine downtime at your facility.


4 responses to “How to Prevent Forklift Abuse”

  1. Laurie says:

    I think it is important for everyone to know forklift safety – have proper training and to be certified. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  2. Good article! With forklift accidents and deaths year after year, there can never be a shortage of educational safety material for forklift operators. Combine that with periodic training, and we can go a long way to help reduce accidents in the workplace!

  3. John Mahoney says:

    I agree that it is important to make sure you maintain a safe speed while riding a forklift. It is important to remember that taking care of the machine can help you avoid accidents and having to spend a ton of money on repairs. As I see it, it pays off to have a professional inspect them often to make sure they work properly and will not cause any accidents while being driven.

  4. Heather says:

    There are a lot of good tips here that you don’t see everywhere! Damaging the engine and tires with debris is one thing often overlooked because many workers look at it as machinery rather than a vehicle, and thus believe the machine can handle it. Very helpful guide!

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