Staying safe on the job is important and especially so when operating a forklift.
However, there is a major component of staying safe that you may be overlooking.
That’s right, worn tires can lead to serious injury or even death.
The US Center for Disease Control estimates 100 deaths a year due to forklift accidents and more than 20,000 injuries.
Unlike a car, forklifts have no suspension or springs—the tires do it all. Worn tires can damage the wheel, axle, forks, and injure the operator.
Your forklift tires are always taking a beating. They are bearing all the weight of the forklift, not to mention the added weight of a fully loaded machine. Uneven wear can cause a bent axle and general instability.
Worn tires also make the operator’s job harder. More vibration can cause the operator fatigue and discomfort, leading to distraction and accidents. A machine that shakes and vibrates can also cause the operator to lose control and injure themselves or others.
Just an inch of wear can make all the difference!
For example: A 16x5x10.5 tire can carry about 2730 pounds. A 16x6x10.5 (Just 1 inch more) can carry about 3460 pounds! Losing just one inch of rubber costs you over 700 pounds in carrying capacity.
Keep in mind:
- How important is safety to your company?
- How important is the safety of your operators and equipment?
It’s important to change your forklift tires on a regular basis. Changing your tires can mean the difference between a safe, productive work environment and lost loads, damaged forklifts, and injured operators.