Implications of Improper Forklift Maintenance?
Improper forklift maintenance can have a financial impact. This impact can be far greater than implementing a proper forklift maintenance plan. Some ways costs are incurred are as follows:
- Frequent Expensive Repairs: If the forklift isn’t properly maintained, frequent repairs are the result. No great mystery here.
- Increase Downtime: We reply on the maintenance department to keep the forklifts in good working order. If not, the forklift is taken out of circulation. Not all of us have spare forklifts in the event one or more forklifts are taken out due to breaking down.
OSHA Fines: This one usually gets everyone moving. If the forklift isn’t properly maintained, the OSHA auditor will take a closer look at the forklift inspection reports. Pulling out binders of information may not help the situation as the inspector will quickly figure out if pencil whipping is involved. If so, now the situation just got uglier and will cost the company in unnecessary fines.