Shutdown or Keep Working – Forklift Safety Newsletter – October 2015

Forklift Problem: Shutdown or Keep Working

Forklifts can exhibit little problems or big problems. When you have a problem with your equipment, should you shutdown or Shutdown or Keep Working 1keep working?

Naturally it depends on the problem. If there’s a major issue the answer is obvious. But what about little stuff? What kinds of problems require removal from service according to 1910.178(p)(1)?

Place a checkmark next to those items which you feel justify removing the forklift from service. Some of these items are pretty serious, some are judgment calls.

  • Sticky steering
  • Broken horn
  • Defective parking brake
  • Squeaky brakes
  • Inaccurate or non-functioning gauge
  • Cut tire
  • Tire with pieces of rubber missing
  • Loose bolts
  • Missing bolts
  • Stretched chain
  • Unusual noise or vibration when operating the hydraulics
  • Sticking hoist
  • Wobble when driving or braking
  • Damage to the overhead guard
  • Cut or abraded seat belt
  • Small hydraulic leak

Any prudent operator will adhere to the saying: “When in doubt, take it out (of service)”. But if all workers in the U.S. were prudent, training and certification wouldn’t be such a big deal.

If you would like to share your experiences/photos of forklift incidents that can educate others on the principles of safe forklift operation please send them to: bhulberg@D2000safety.com

We will not publish company or individuals names.

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Bruce Hulberg February 9, 2016

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