Pothole threat to forklift operations

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Forklift operators are being warned that trucks could face significant damage from potholes in distribution centre yards following the harsh winter.

Peter Scott, Jungheinrich UK group HSE manager, said: “Unlike cars, forklift trucks do not have sophisticated suspension systems and driving a lift truck over a substantial pot hole risks causing damage to the truck’s axle and tyres which could result in truck downtime and repair costs being incurred.”

Potholes form because water seeps into cracks in asphalt surface of the yard. Water expands when it freezes pushing dirt and gravel out of the crack, leaving a hole in the yard surface when the water eventually melts and the asphalt layer collapses.

“Deep pot holes could potentially tip forklifts over – particularly if that truck is traveling with a raised load,” said Scott. In addition, untreated pot holes could generate dust in warm weather which might cause mechanical problems.

“There are no shortages of pot hole repair kits available on the internet. I would advise anyone with a yard area that has suffered damage over the winter to invest in one as soon as possible and get the repair done before your truck fleet is damaged,” said Scott.

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