Wednesday, 11 November 2020 08:00

Forklift Maintenance- #6 OSHA Top Ten Worst Violations

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Powered industrial trucks - forklifts or lift trucks - are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. The helpful machine moves, lifts, lowers, or removes large objects or many smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers.

But did you know that more than one in ten forklifts is involved in an accident yearly? There are a variety of hazards commonly associated with forklifts, depending on the vehicle type and the workplace environment. Recent studies report that 95,000 employees are injured every year while operating forklifts while an average of 100 employees are fatally injured annually. Equipment maintenance or lack thereof plays big in these statistics.

Safe Equipment Protects Forklift Operators

Workers who handle and store materials use forklift trucks, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines. Employers must make these employers aware of the safety requirements pertaining to maintenance aligns with the forklift’s use.

Defined Forklift Maintenance

  • Properly maintained equipment, including tires and batteries
  • Lubricate chassis-mast attachment
  • Change engine air filter; Clean all breathers
  • Change engine oil and filter; Check all fluid levels
  • Clean and coat battery terminals
  • Batteries require special care from qualified personnel
  • Remove defective forklifts from service

Appropriate maintenance of forklifts is more effective and reliable when handled by a forklift maintenance firm that is certified to inspect all of your forklifts on a preventative maintenance program. Doing so gives you the peace of mind and guarantees that your forklifts are compliant with OSHA, CalOSHA, ANSI, ITSDF, DOT and all other industry and manufacturer standards. 

Lift Auditors’ forklift audits proactively reduce potential problems by identifying faulty, worn, or improperly installed or maintained parts and subsystems in your machinery. Our on-site equipment reports ensure that your equipment is safe, productivity continues at a normal pace and your Cal/OSHA liabilities go away.

Our audits also help prevent big fines and eliminate costly down time. This detailed equipment scrutiny ensures that your in-house or contracted maintenance providers do their job and keep your equipment regulatory-compliant and industry-standard ready.

Benefits Include:

  • Reduced Insurance Premiums
  • Mitigate Material Damage Losses
  • Fewer Accidents
  • Lower Workers Comp Costs
  • Quantifiable Maintenance Costs
  • Cost-saving Results When Our Recommendations are Implemented

Out-of-compliance maintenance status renders equipment unsafe for operation even when owners are unaware of the condition of their equipment. This leaves the company at risk for accidents, regulatory fines, or other penalties. Lift Auditors preventive maintenance and audit results defines a proactive, best-practice maintenance management approach that costs less while ensuring higher equipment reliability, uptime, and more operating profit for you.

Our knowledge and unmatched experience protect your companies’ best interests, your employee’s safety and helps you avoid financial losses.  Please ask us how we can help your firm’s lift equipment strategy … we love talking to you. Call: 888-310-3776 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pierre Laudenberg
Founder/Chief Auditor

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