Forklift Repair – Becoming a certified forklift operator requires more than knowing how to maneuver and lift with a forklift. It also entails knowing how to inspect for whether your forklift is in need of repairs. Accordingly, at American Forklift Training Centers, INC., we teach students how to operate AND inspect forklifts – thus improving safety for all, reducing unnecessary costs, and increasing productivity for both the operator and employer. For purposes of this blog, we will go over the top 5 signs a forklift operator should look out for, suggesting that your forklift is in need of forklift repair.
5 Signs for Forklift Repair
- Leaking Fluids – One of the most common needs for forklift repair is fluid leaks. This may include leakage from the forklift’s hydraulic system or leaking oil itself. Regardless of the source, as a forklift operator, you must keep any eye out for any leaks – as not only are these signs for repair, but these create great slipping hazards for those around. If you do notice a leak on your forklift, clean up the mess immediately to avoid subsequent accidents and then remove the forklift from service to be repaired. *Note, on the topic of hydraulic systems, don’t forget to inspect the quality of your forklift’s hydraulic hoses as well. If the hoses show signs of cracking, bending, or brittleness, then these are signs for the need of hydraulic hose replacement.
- Faulty Lights – Generally speaking, your forklift’s headlights should be on if working at night, outdoors, or in any area where additional lighting would improve quality. Therefore, whether working during the day or taking on the night shift, make sure to check whether your forklift’s headlights are working. Additionally, don’t forget to inspect your safety and warning lights, as well as taillights and strobe lights (if applicable) – to make sure all are in proper working order before operation.
- Worn Out Forks– As the name suggests, the forks on a forklift are crucial for functioning. As such, the forks must remain strong to lift effectively. If you notice any cracks, bends, unevenness, or improper locking, then your forks must be inspected further as they may require repairs.
- Worn Out Brakes – If your forklift is showing signs of brake ware, grinding, or malfunctioning, or worse – complete brake failure, then you must remove the forklift from service immediately. Just like a car, operating a forklift with worn out or broken brakes can be very dangerous to your safety and those around you – not to forget to mention products and the forklift itself.
- Signs of Smoke, Sparks, or Flames – If your forklift shows any signs of smoke (i.e. black or white smoke coming from the exhaust pipe), or sparks/flames, then you must immediately remove the forklift from service for repair.
As you can hopefully see, as a forklift operator you have a crucial responsibility to make sure your forklift is in proper working order – to not only protect yourself from injury, but to reduce workplace hazards, accidents, and product damage. To learn more about earning your forklift certification, please contact us: (323) 620-7000