As a forklift operator, it is your responsibility to ensure that your equipment is used safely and kept in good operating condition. Not only does this reduce the amount of money you would spend on replacement or forklift repairs, but it also makes for a generally safer work environment. Following a prescribed checklist every day ensures that you cover all your bases in this regard.
While it may seem like a tedious process, you have everything to gain and nothing but a few minutes to lose with daily pre-operation inspections. Here are some of the main reasons why it’s important to follow through on these frequent checks.
Identifying Minor Issues Before It Escalates Into Bigger, More Costly Repairs
Sometimes forklift parts can come loose or the operator may bump into an object without realizing. This can result in mechanical and/or electrical malfunctions. Inspections give you the opportunities to spot these small issues and fix them before they become too expensive or cause irreversible damage.
Limiting The Risk Of Forklift Accidents Occurring On Site
More often than not, the work sites where forklifts are used are dangerous. Add motorized equipment to the equation and the risk scale tips that much further. Checking for obstructions and the condition of safety features helps to protect other workers and property for injuries and damage. It is imperative that all safety items are fully functional on the forklift, such as reverse buzzers, lights, rotating beacons, seat belt and hooter to name a few.
Enhancing Battery Life Or Refill Fuel Without Experiencing Interruptions In Productivity
The last thing you want is for your forklift to die down or to run out of fuel just as you’re getting into the swing of things. Inspections let you monitor these elements so that you can fill up or charge the battery in time. This way, your productivity won’t be affected. With electric units, checking the condition of the cells and water levels will help preservice the life span of the batteries.
Collection Of Data That Shows That You Comply With Health And Safety Requirements
Industry standards require a daily check and inspectors show up from time to time to check for compliance. Filling out safety checklists and filing them is a great way to prove that you’re doing your part.
It may start feeling redundant, but you’ll pat yourself on the back when you prevent a disaster by doing your due diligence. Make daily inspections part of your work culture so that you don’t find yourself spending hordes of money on forklift repairs when it could have been managed. Contact us to learn more.
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