Did you know? Residue inside the forklift’s fuel system can clog the regulator and injection system. This unfortunate scenario causes a chain reaction, causing the machine to behave sluggishly and, ultimately, inoperable.
The science behind your forklift is BAFFLING!
You need your forklift. More importantly, you need your forklift to function at a moment’s notice. However, if your machine goes unchecked for over an extended period of time (like a year, or so), the aforementioned scenario IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
At EFR, we pride ourselves in taking every necessary precaution in order to make any fleet fully operational at optimum levels. In order to acheive that, we strongly suggest following these quick tips to keep your fleet up to par, so your machine breaks down less frequently.
1. Perform Periodic Maintenance (or PMs) on Your Forklifts.
Periodic Maintenance, or PMs, are necessary for every warehouse. Not only is it OSHA standard and adheres to all compliance requirements, it’s necessary for the safety of all forklift drivers and warehouse workers alike.
PMs usually are scheduled for the following:
- Once every 3 months
- Once every 4 months
- Once every 6 months
The frequency is determined by how long you’ve owned the forklift and how often you use it on a daily basis. Regardless, as heavy equipment can be dangerous to maneuver, periodic maintenance is not only a precautionary measure, it’s also a requirement for OSHA safety regulations.
2. Ensure ALL Water Levels on Industrial Batteries Have the Correct Amount.
This can get a little tricky.
If the water levels are too high, it damages the battery. If the water levels are too low, or non existent, the battery could dry up inside and render the battery a giant, expensive paperwieght.
One of our trained industrial battery specialists can water them for you on a periodic basis, or a trained forklift technician can educate you on how much water the battery requires to function properly.
Each battery possess a water line, much like your coffee machine. Simply water the battery cells up to the pre-determined water line, close the cap, and walk away.
3. Review Tire/Load Wheel Conditions.
No moving vehicle can travel without tires. Forklifts are no different.
Tire review usually comes with PM service, therefore it’s important to check with your in-house forklift technician (or call us!) to visually observe the conditions of the tires.
If the tires have the following concerning attributes, have them replaced IMMEDIATELY:
- LOAD WHEELS: chips on polyurethane coating or polyurethane is shredded down to the rim.
- TRACTION TIRES: rubber chunks missing from rim, rubber uneven, causing forklift to drive unevenly.
- SOLID TIRES: pieces of rubber missing from rim, shards of rubber peeling off the rim.
4. Stay OSHA Compliant.
OSHA regulations are no joke.
In order to stay OSHA compliant, every machine needs the complete package to keep Uncle Sam from issuing a citation (and those are COSTLY).
Every package includes the follwing:
- Strobe light
- Back up alarm
- Seat belt
- Tail lights
- General housekeeping of forklift
That’s not all, though. The administrative side has OSHA requirements, as well.
- Documentary evidence of all periodic maintenance performed.
- Each driver possesses a forklift certification license.
- Industry-related documentation for OSHA standard practices.
Since every industry, including our own, requires differing levels of government sanctioned policies, please check with your local OSHA rep on what you need to stay compliant.
5. The Moment You Smell or See Something Unnatural, CALL US!!
Emergencies happen all the time. We’ve handled every major forklift related catastrophe and act of God you could imagine. Somehow, we pull it together, make it work and help our customers get back up and running again.
From egg-smelling batteries to forklifts spontaneously combusting (it’s totally a thing!), if anything in between occurs in your warehouse or shop, please please please notify us immediately. The differing mixtures of chemicals and varying reactions therein can cause serious damage to anything (or anyone) near the machine. Only certified professionals are qualified to handle high intensity and dangerous situations. For your safety, allow us to take the brunt of that magnitude.
The Forklift People are always here to help. Check back for more fun facts and tips for maintaining your fleet!