An often talked about advantage for purchasing an electric forklift is the fuel cost savings. While the acquisition costs are higher than a LP powered forklift, the battery powers the electric unit for multiple years. However, there’s a factor many companies overlook when estimating the return on investment of the battery – the “people factor”.
“Forklift batteries must be properly maintained to reach their full potential. Improper watering, cleaning and charging can cut battery life by 50%,” stresses Brian Clark, Motive Power Service Supervisor in our East Syracuse branch. While routine battery maintenance can be outsourced to a third-party, he agrees the best results occur when companies provide training to forklift operators. “A commitment to training operators increases awareness of safety risks and best practices. This ultimately keeps operators accountable for the condition of the battery. I also recommend weekly battery checks by a company’s maintenance department or supervisor,” states Brian.
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Please reference OSHA standard 1926.441 for Battery Safety Compliance.
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