Over the course of its working life a forklift truck’s forks will wear – most notably around the blade and the ‘heel’. While most fork wear is the result of normal day to day duties in and around a busy warehouse, improper chain adjustment, poorly trained forklift drivers, worn tyres and use of the truck to carry heavier loads than that which it was designed for, can all impact on the frequency with which forks need to be replaced.
Under Loler 98 (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) a lift truck’s forks are deemed illegal if they are more than 10 per cent worn and any truck with forks that are worn by 10 per cent or more should not be operated.
By using callipers to measure the amount of wear as part of a forklift’s regular routine maintenance programme, it should be relatively simple to flag up signs of deterioration before the forks are required by law to be replaced, so it is perhaps surprising that anecdotal evidence suggests that a surprisingly high number of truck users fail to register that their forks are falling until it is too late.
Forklift users can not only extend the working life of their forks but safeguard against the costly scenario of having a truck ‘down’ while waiting for its forks to be upgraded with Jayline’s innovative fork protectors.
Jayline’s fork protectors are made in the UK from cast steel. Simply and quickly fitted to the ‘heel’ of the forks without the need for any modification, they prevent damage caused when a fork is dragged across the ground when picking up or moving a pallet.
Jayline Products Ltd