Any organisation wants to save costs – or at the very least prevent unnecessary expenses. When it comes to forklifts there are ways this can be achieved with relative ease by utilising a daily checklist.
The forklift operator should at the start of every shift examine the forklift with the aid of a daily checklist. Typically, a checklist would contain items like checking the fluid levels, wheel nuts, condition of tyres, brake functioning, lights, hooter, listening for any strange noises once the machine is running, to name a few.
While these items may sound trivial, they can have serious repercussions if ignored. Think of the consequences if the brakes are not checked and the forklift runs into racking carrying tons of product. You could have a similar scenario with wheel nuts that have come loose or a loose steering mechanism.
Not checking fluid levels can become a very costly exercise – an engine overall due to low oil and/or water levels could easily cost in the order of R50 000-00.
Lights that are not working could lead to collisions with racking or pedestrians – both with possible dire consequences. Worn tyres need no explanation.
So, a properly completed daily check (list) could save you a lot of headaches and money – do it!