If you’re responsible for maintenance and support of your company’s hydraulic lifts, scissor lifts, and forklifts, you’ve got a big responsibility to the people who operate this equipment. Improper maintenance on this type of equipment can lead to injury and death. Here are some things to be looking out for as you or a contracted maintenance firm support these machines.
Leaking Fluids Are a Sign of Big Problems
Simply topping up hydraulic fluids because there’s a “minor” leak is an unacceptable approach to maintenance. The fluids themselves create slip and fall hazards, and leaks are a sign that total failure could be imminent. Replace affected cylinders, hoses and hydraulic hose fittings Fort Worth TX at the first signs of problems.
Watch Out for Failing Power Sources
Depending on your application, modern equipment like forklifts may be powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines. Either way, these power sources must be maintained carefully, as the hydraulic lifting performance depends on them. Losing power while in motion could also lead to dangerous situations and lost productivity, especially in busy loading dock and warehouse areas.
For electric motors, the main source of problems are often the batteries. Batteries weaken over time and do not hold charges as long as they did when they were new. The brushes in electric motors also wear over time.
Internal combustion engines require maintenance throughout the power train. Fluid checks and regular replacement of wear components should be part of the maintenance routine.
Check the Tires
Any hydraulic equipment that rolls requires tires. While they don’t get the mileage put on them or experience the speed conditions that passenger cars do, they are nevertheless subject to wear, especially given the harsh environments to which they’re often subjected.
If you don’t have a proper maintenance program in place for your hydraulic equipment, you can be exposed to liability. Make a plan to check on all your equipment.