Ensure your forklift is ready for winter with top tips from Toyota

Toyota Material Handling UK, understand how extreme temperatures can affect business operations, not only in terms of logistics and transport but also the implications on the reliability and operation of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment.

Today, many companies’ material handling operations require trucks to cover both indoor and outdoor duties – for example forklifts and pallet trucks; and therefore need to be prepared for operation in different temperatures.

As the winter months approach and temperatures drop, added strain is put upon key components such as batteries, alternators, tyres as well as engine oil and antifreeze. If trucks are poorly maintained and components fail, downtime is inevitable and costs increase

1. Carry out daily checks – Safety in the workplace should be paramount to any operation. Each shift should always begin with a series of daily checks to ensure that any equipment is safe to operate and that any defects are logged and quickly rectified.

2. Ensure your service history is up-to-date – preventative maintenance is the key to reducing the risk of any unexpected downtime. Consider regular service packages to ensure you never miss a vital service.

3. Keep emergency call out / service numbers to hand – If you regularly service your equipment, breakdowns are more unlikely, but if you do experience a breakdown, ensure your operation does not grind to a halt by knowing who to contact in the event equipment failure or service needs.

4. Provide clothing suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments – many trucks are responsible for (un)loading both within the warehouse and     yard areas. For operators exposed to regular outdoor duties, especially where trucks do not have cabins, provide warm yet highly visible clothing, gloves or hats.

5. See and be seen – driving in poor visibility or low light conditions increases the risk of accidents.  Ensure screens are clean and free from smudges or dirt. Wipers are operational and are in good condition. Check and regularly top up screen wash levels. Ensure horns or reverse beepers are working correctly.

6. Address any operator training needs – your operators are your most important asset. Ensure each operator has their training requirements fully assessed on a regular basis. Adequately trained operators will not only reduce the risk of damage to the truck, goods or racking, but will increase efficiency and reduce costs.

7. Ensure you have back up equipment or access to short-term hire trucks – if your truck needs to be out of service for a significant period, ensure your operations can continue with a back-up truck. Alternatively, many companies offer short-term hire trucks and can be on your site with very little notice.

For advice on preventative maintenance, servicing or products from Toyota Material Handling UK or to speak to a team member about your company’s needs visit www.toyota-forklifts.co.uk or call 0870 850 1409

Toyota Material Handling UK

Tel: 0870 850 1409

www.toyota-forklifts.co.uk

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