There are bound to be mistaken happening when operating a reach truck. Like forklifts, if you do not use the reach truck with care, accidents will happen. These mistakes can become costly in the form of finances and healthcare, sometimes even including loss of life.
With all that being said, here are 5 common mistakes caused by not using a reach truck properly. Note that accidents may happen every now and then. However, if it’s far and few in between, then it should not be an issue. If it is happening more often than not, then it is something that you should be worried about. Take the necessary steps if you need to and when needed.
1. Operating the reach truck with unsecured loads
When carrying loads around, you are bound to carry some loads that may not fit on your reach truck. Typically loads that go on the reach truck tend to be symmetrical to the vehicle. That means loading it on the reach truck and carrying it around is safe for the vehicle and the driver or operator.
There will be times when the load a reach truck has to carry is not symmetrical to the reach truck. The odd shape or unsymmetrical shape can be more of a challenge to the reach truck. The reach truck operator will need to take extra care when carrying these loads around on his reach truck.
2. Loads that are too heavy for reach trucks
Mismatch loads that go on reach truck will definitely put a strain on the vehicle – especially heavier loads. If you reach truck is only able to carry 2500kg worth of load, then that is the only weight capacity it is capable of carrying. If you put anything heavier than that stipulated weight capacity, then the reach truck can be damaged.
You can find out what is the reach truck’s weight capacity on the data plate of the truck. That data plate should not be tampered with in any way for safety purposes. If it has been changed and obscured, you should raise it up to your employer.
Mismatched loads, especially heavier ones that go on the reach truck can cause the vehicle to tip over. Not only will it damage the reach truck but it will also hurt the driver or operator. Make sure the reach truck is carrying the stipulated weight it is capable of and not more.
3. Insufficient and inadequate operator training
Like driving cars and trucks, a reach truck operator needs to be trained thoroughly before operating one. They will need to obtain a license to operate and drive a reach truck. That license will be the operator’s “certified trained” license to prove that he has undergone training to operate one.
If there are little to no training in operating a reach truck, accidents are bound to happen. An inexperienced operator may not know how to respond to obstacles when met with one. That can cause safety issues so make sure the operator receives ample proper training
4. Driving over the stipulated speed limit
Believe it or not, there are bound to be reach truck operators who drive over the stipulated speed limit in the workplace. It is one of the most common accidents to happen at the workplace. Such reckless driving can cause a lot of problems that are unnecessary.
If you do see an obstacle ahead and break quickly, that sudden movement can cause the vehicle to fall or topple. Do not break quickly and always prioritize safety over speed and productivity.
5. Operating a reach truck that was not inspected properly
Reach trucks have to be inspected regularly for any possible problems, big or small. If it is not inspected properly, it may not be safe to use. Staffs will have to stringently inspect the reach truck for any damages.
If it’s any better, get a reach truck inspector to inspect the vehicle periodically. Have them provide certificates of examination to het the reach truck moving again as soon as possible. If it hasn’t been examined, do remind your employers to get it inspected soon.
Don’t forget to inspect your reach truck for any damages regularly. If you need any help with reach truck inspections, feel free to reach out to us for help. We will be more than happy to assist you in your reach truck inspections.