Guide to Proper Fork and Chain Inspections
While OSHA requires that each be inspected, they do not give specifics on how to, or what to inspect with regards to forklift forks and chains. We will provide you with some specific areas to inspect to be sure you are doing all you can to be certain your forks and chains are in safe operating order.
Your forklift chains and forks lift and lower hundreds of thousands of pounds each shift and slight wear on either could result in a load of thousands of pounds come crashing to the ground and anything in its path will be in harm’s way. We will address the why’s, how-to’s and when’s with regards to inspection of these parts and give you more confidence that these parts are operating safety and efficiently in your fleet.
When it comes to load handling it all starts with the forks. Forks carry the weight of each load from lift to lower and failure can result in product loss, injury or even death. There are several points of inspection for forks and chains. Fork Inspection - OSHA does not require specific knowledge of metallurgy or the equivalent to perform inspections. They do however require that they be inspected for safe functioning. Following are areas that you should pay particularly close attention to when inspecting your forks.
Forks and chains have many opportunities to fail and it is up to you to be certain that they do not. We strive to assist you in staying in compliance with OSHA regulations, but more importantly help you maintain forklifts and employees that are safe and productive.
AM Davis inspects thousands of forklifts each year and we would be glad to assist you in inspecting your forks and chains. As forklift service professionals we can perform these inspections quickly and thoroughly, and assist you in teaching your operators effective inspection techniques. Give us a call at 888-737-6492 to set up an appointment.
Worn forks reduce the safe lifting capacity of your forklift and can create a dangerous situation in your warehouse and material handling operation. Our Forklift Fork Inspection Log, walks you through the inspection process and gives you back-up that inspections are taking place on a regular basis. Need forks? We have forks for all makes and models, lengths, widths and classes. Just give our parts department a call at 804-233-0051.