Checklist of Basic Forklift Maintenance

Just like you do spring cleaning for your house, you should be doing it for your material handling equipment, too!

Here are some tips and observations you’ll want to read to ensure that you are keeping your equipment maintained and working efficiently.

It is required by OSHA that you have operators utilize a daily check list and provide that to the technician for him to use as a reference for needed repairs. Be sure to keep a copy on file of the daily check list and the explanation of any repairs to present to OSHA if requested.

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Don’t cause an explosion! Use these propane safety tips.

Many articles and blogs give time discussing the safety of operating forklifts, but a very important aspect of safety is the proper way to handle propane.  Below are some bulleted points to follow when handling, changing, and filling new and used propane tanks.

  • Be sure propane decals are always legible on the LP tank.  Each decal will list the manufacture date and also the appropriate retesting date for each tank.
  • Relief valves on forklift cylinders must be replaced within 12 years of the cylinder’s manufacture date and every 10 years thereafter.
  • Ensure the forklift propane mount has an indicator pin to position the LP tank properly in order for the relief valve to be positioned at the top. This ensures that if over pressurization occurs, it will be released as gas instead of liquid.
  • Wearing cotton or cotton-blend clothing will help reduce the chance of reducing a static spark
  • Make sure your LP tank is equipped with an overfill prevention device (OPD). An overfilled cylinder doesn’t have enough space left if the liquid expands when exposed to warmer temperatures. This can cause an increase in cylinder pressure and create potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Never use a damaged cylinder or a cylinder that has been in a fire. All cylinders should be inspected before they are refilled. The law requires periodic inspection of cylinders and it is against the law to re-fill out-of-date cylinders.
  • Never dispose of your propane cylinder by throwing it in the trash. Check to find programs in your area for the collection and disposal of the cylinder.
  • The Propane Education & Research Council has some helpful information

If you ever have any questions when handling, changing, or filling propane tanks contact a professional – a local supplier or even your local forklift dealer for safety instructions.  Atlantic Forklift Services can train you and your staff on the proper ways to handle propane tanks.

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Our Official Doosan Dealer Announcement!

Doosan Announces New Forklift Distributor to Charlotte Area

January 2013:  Doosan Industrial Vehicle America Corp. is pleased to announce the newest member of the Doosan Lift Truck Family – Atlantic Forklift Services (headquartered in Charlotte, NC) serving portions of North Carolina and South Carolina. “Atlantic Forklift Services is proud and excited to begin operations and launch a relationship with Doosan”, said Keith Driscoll, President. “We are situated to deliver all the necessary components to be

the best and most professional material handling dealership in North America.”

“We also believe our partnership with Air Components & Systems, a three-time winner of Ingersoll Rand’s Top Distributor Award for air compressors, is hugely advantageous to the customer base we’ve served for 28 years”, said Driscoll. “The passion and upstanding performance that has been provided to customers of Air Components & Systems is carried over to Atlantic Forklift Services and the industrial lift trucks we sell and service.”

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