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5 Signs Your Forklift Has Excessive Wear And TearForklifts are designed to handle a few bumps and bruises, but every piece of equipment has its limits. Sometimes operators cause excessive damage to the lift truck due to lack of training, carelessness, or reckless driving.

In today’s post, we’ll review signs your forklift has excessive wear and tear, and when OSHA requires a forklift be removed from service.

OSHA standards require a forklift be removed from service when:

  • The temperature of any part of any truck is found to be in excess of its normal operating temperature
  • The vehicle emits hazardous sparks or flames from the exhaust system
  • There is a leak in the fuel system

Signs of Excessive Forklift Damage

If you notice any of the problems below on your forklift, start documenting when and where new problems occur. By taking photos and keeping a log, you may be able to identify an operator who needs counseling or additional training.

– Cracked back-up lights, tail lights or turn signal lights
– Door frame dents
– Forks that are bent or chipped
– Signs of impact (chipped paint, scraped safety stickers)
– Tires with a flat spot or tires that are out of round

Signs Your Forklift Needs Service

Here are a few signs it’s time to call a forklift technician:

  • FORKS: if you your lift truck’s forks are bent, cracked, or the forktip heights are uneven, call for service. Bent forks lead to damaged loads.  
    Learn more about inspecting forklift forks.
  • MAST: if the mast does not move up and down smoothly, contact a forklift technician.
  • CHAINS: worn out chains are common problem, which is odd because the last thing you want is a chain failure! In a single-shift operation, a chain can last three to five years. Inspect your forklift chains regularly and call for service if you notice protruding/turned pins, plate cracking, rust or corrosion, broken links or mis-aligment. Learn more about inspecting forklift chains.

For more information, or to schedule service, contact us online or by phone.

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Further Reading
4 Expensive Forklift Repairs and How to Prevent Them 
Forklift Tires: What You Need to Know 
Forklift Operator Refresher Training