Avoid costly repair with proper electric forklift battery care

Forklift Repairs in Toronto

There are many Toronto businesses for which a forklift rental makes more sense than purchasing or leasing.

Whether this is because, they require the vehicle for a single project or whether the business performs seasonal work and only uses the vehicles a few weeks or months out of the year, or whether they require a rental while the their own vehicle is in the shop, we can help business owners decide on the lift truck rental that best suits their needs.

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Forklift Repairs & Maintenance

With their rise in performance levels over the past number of years, electric forklifts are becoming more popular. With that, they have a number of other advantages over their gas or diesel counterparts, especially in terms of cleanliness and noise levels and often less need for forklift repairs.

Electric forklifts do have downtime, however. This is due to the fact that their batteries need to be charged. Now the frequency of charging generally depends on how much work a forklift is expected to do in a shift, but many companies have made dedicated charging areas for their forklift fleet, often rotating them to ensure machines are always available.

These dedicated charging areas are an excellent idea. Remember, when it comes to electric forklift repair, the battery is one of the most costly parts. Therefore, keeping them in peak condition is a priority. There are therefore a number of considerations that need to be made and possible risks to consider for the area where batteries will be charged.

  • Note that gases will emerge from the batteries while charging.
  • Make sure the correct electric cables are used. This prevents the chance of overheating of both the battery and the cables.
  • Before batteries are charged, all cables should be checked for damage to prevent short-circuiting.
  • Keep charging stations free from clutter. Do not put them near overhead doors or shelving that might be packed with flammable materials.
  • Make sure fire extinguishers are close at hand.

Over and above these precautions, let’s take a look at ways that the battery charging area can be made as safe as possible.

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Protective equipment

All staff moving in and out of the battery charging area should wear the relevant protective equipment, including the following:

  • Protective eyewear
  • Face shields
  • Gloves (acid resistant)
  • Footwear (acid resistant and steel-toe capped)
  • Access to fire extinguishers and neutralizer

If an accident takes place, showers and eye wash areas should be close by.

Air circulation

As mentioned before, the process of charging batteries can lead to a release of certain gases. Not only must the area where charging takes place be very well ventilated, it should have an extraction system to ensure the gases are drawn away. If unsure, get an expert to see that the gases are drawn out of the room efficiently.

Training

The battery charging area should be a no-go zone for anyone without the correct training. Charging of forklift batteries should only be done by staff that have been taught the correct procedures. They should regularly receive refresher training to ensure that all the charging guidelines are followed on a daily basis. People who could be considered for this include supervisors or even forklift operators themselves.

Regular inspections

Finally, it is imperative to have regular inspections of the battery charging area. This should be done by professionals from outside the company. Checks should include those for corrosion or any damage to the batteries as well as charging stations.

By following the guidelines above, there is no reason why the battery life of each forklift should not reach its intended lifespan and help you to avoid some costly repairs.

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