Forklifts enjoy widespread use in different industries for a variety of lifting and hauling requirements for heavy and bulky items. That is perhaps the reason why they are something of a permanent prominent feature on OSHA violations list. Violations often involve use of wrong forklift accessories, lack of operator training, failure to install oem forklift parts, and inadequate forklift service. The importance of good forklift maintenance can never be overemphasized. Let’s take a look at some of the attributes of a well-maintained forklift truck.
Attributes of a Well-Maintained Forklift
- Tires and wheels must be in a safe working condition
- The battery must be in a good working condition and fully charged at all times
- There must be no jerks or jumps when operating the clutch and gearshift
- All brakes must be in a position to stop a truck that is loaded to capacity. This includes the deadman brake
- The horn, reverse alarm, and other safety sounds must be working and clearly audible
- All gauges and lights must be working properly
- All liquid levels (fuel, water, and oil) must be maintained at safe levels by eliminating leaks
- All restraints, including seatbelts, must be present and operational
- Tilt mechanism must move freely and hold properly
- There must be no damage (wear, cracks) to the forks, hydraulics, and lift mechanism
- Forks must be free of any sort of dirt including grease and oils
- Only standard forklift accessories must be used or installed. Refer to the user manual or speak to your forklift dealer if unsure.
- Only oem forklift parts or compatibles recommended by the manufacturer must be installed.
- The forklift must not produce and suspicious noises when you run the engine or get to work
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