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The Importance of Regular Forklift Service

When it comes to your business, it is a primary responsibility of yours to ensure all factors, that should push you the way of success, are doing just that. You need to be sure that your facilities and staff are trained, inspected, and prepared for whatever working environment you are going to expose them to. Just as important, in the interest of your businesses success, is making sure the tools they will be using are in operational working condition. Faults with your tools can lead to work delays, unsatisfactory production, and even safety concerns. One piece of machinery it is crucial to keep regular service on, whether you have only one or many, are your fleet of forklifts. Let’s take a look at overlooked forklift service benefits and what you can do to make sure yours are in top working condition.

When looking at the full scope of forklift incidents, many can be avoided with proper training, proper environment, Importance of Regular Forklift Serviceand ensuring you have the right forklift for your job. However, sometimes, despite ensuring all influencing factors about your forklifts and forklifts operators are functioning to the best of their abilities, issues can arise. These issues are a result of the continual wear-and-tear that the forklift(s) encounters. If not properly serviced, these issues can have gigantic repercussions. Imagine transporting a full load on a forklift and the brakes don’t work, causing you to run into a storage rack? Like in the video to the right, this is something you never want to see happen.

Some of the most common forms of forklift wear that need to be serviced can include:

  • Lift and tilt cylinders
  • Brake system
  • Steel Axle
  • Fluid leaks
  • Tire wear and condition

Each of these are issues that slowly build over time and can be difficult to spot initially. However, if you wait until it’s too late to address, you could end up paying much more than the service correction may have cost.

What is your best action against waiting until it is too late with correcting some of these errors? Setting up a year-round maintenance schedule for your forklifts. This is a benefit regardless of if you have only 1 forklift or dozens. If you are renting a forklift, be sure to see if a service program is available with the rental. The best forklift service providers offer programs in various intervals, including monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly. Knowing that your forklifts are going to be inspected and serviced by professionals on a regular basis can give you one less thing to worry about when interacting with the day-to-day dealings of your business. Being able to rely on a trusted service team is also a great advantage, especially if you have multiple forklifts. Reason being that your service company can, in addition to spotting and correcting forklift problems, alert you to trends that may be caused by factors beyond wear-and-tear. This could include problems with your warehouse facility or operators that are causing similar issues amongst your forklifts. One of your best bets when looking for a quality forklift service provider and partner is to contact Sunbelt Industrial Trucks.

MHEDA MVP Sunbelt Industrial TrucksSunbelt Industrial Trucks has succeeded to rent, sell, and service top-of-the-line forklifts for over 30 years. One of the ways they ensure their quality product is by staffing knowledgeable and skilled employees who can determine and correct any issues a forklift might have. This also speaks to their great customer service, which sets the industry standard, contributing to Sunbelt having been named a MHEDA MVP for the past 5 years. This distinction is given to companies who demonstrate a commitment to business excellence.

Additionally, Sunbelt Industrial Trucks offers on-site service, for when problems arise outside the time window of a scheduled service visit. These calls can cover anything from a minor leak to a major component failure. For a service call, simply let Sunbelt know which forklift is having which error, and they can dispatch a GPS-enabled service van to your location within a few hours. Hast is the goal with these service calls because Sunbelt understands when your forklift equipment is not operating, it costs you money.

Losing money is never something someone wants to see their company do, so anything they can do to prevent that, they will. Do the same for yourself by addressing forklift issues before they happen and set up a service program with a trusted forklift company. After establishing that service program and building rapport, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in reaching out to Sunbelt Industrial Trucks at a moment’s notice when one of your forklifts go down. Short fixes, long service programs, complete overhauls, rentals, and sales; help reduce your need to worry about your forklifts by teaming up with a full-service forklift supplier.

Press Release: Sunbelt Industrial Trucks Announces the Sale of Its Houston Operations

Sunbelt Industrial Trucks of Dallas, TX announces the sale of its Houston operations to Miner Material Handling.  The sale was closed on the 23rd of March.

Miner acquired Dallas-based CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions in April 2016. CE-DFW is an authorized Doosan, Linde, Donkey and Genie dealer in North Texas.

They were interested in expanding to Houston, so the acquisition of Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, the Doosan dealer in that market, was beneficial to both parties.

Sunbelt is a subsidiary of SBNA Holdings, Inc.  Approximately 5 years ago, one-third of the stock was sold to employees and management team.  The remaining shares, owned by Bill Rowan and Warren Cornil, the founders, will be sold to the ESOP and managing partners later this year.  Miner’s acquisition of Sunbelt’s Houston operation will allow Sunbelt to focus concentration on the Dallas market.

Miner Material Handling now has operations in Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix. Sunbelt wishes Miner continued success in Houston and is confident that its former employees and customers are in good hands.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Importance of a Proper Forklift Safety Training

Forklift Safety Classes and Training

Forklifts can be one of the most important resources a company has to utilize. 2015 was a record year for forklift sales, with over 265,000 being sold worldwide. In the United States alone, there are more than 855,000 forklifts currently being utilized. Some companies may only have one forklift while others can have hundreds; but regardless of quantity, forklift safety is of the utmost importance.

Every year, just in the United States, there are over 90,000 forklift accidents. That is over 265 accidents per day. To put that number in perspective, there is a forklift accident every five minutes in the United States. It is said that 70% of all forklift accidents could be prevented with proper forklift training and policy. Given that a third of those accidents result in serious injury or death, doesn’t it make sense to ensure you and your staff have been properly trained?

An OSHA compliant operator safety training can ensure that you and your staff have a full understanding of the industry expectations and requirements. Let’s take a look at some of OSHA’s requirements and general facts for you and your company:

  1. All forklift operators must be trained.
  2. Any training or adherence to OSHA’s guidelines is the responsibility of the employer.
  3. It is mandatory to keep proper records and documentation.
  4. All certifications and training must be specific to your unique site and equipment.
  5. OSHA compliance training is valid for 3 years after certification date.
  6. Non-compliance with OSHA’s forklift requirements can result in a fine of up to $7,000.

Knowing what is expected of you and the risks you face, it is imperative to make sure you are educating your staff and company. Enter Sunbelt Industrial. Our Forklift training course is designed to help companies- just like yours- set up and maintain OSHA compliant regulations. This training, combined with out of the class study, will help in ensuring a successful completion of the course.

Here are some of the various topics that are covered with our OSHA compliant forklift training:

  1. What is the need for operator training?Forklift Classes and Training
  2. What are the OSHA regulations you should know?
  3. Defining the various model and use IDs for the companies forklifts. 
  4. The need for a daily inspection.
  5. General safety requirements and fueling best practices.
  6. Safety at the loading dock.
  7. Pedestrian Safety
  8. Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
  9. The importance of operator health
  10. The steps and requirements of a job hazard analysis (JHA)
  11. Training tips and additional course preparation

A training feature that sets Sunbelt apart is that we allow you the opportunity to pick the training location. Want your training to be in the same environment where the staff actually works? That would be fine. However, if you would like to utilize our facilities, we offer the option to hold training there as well.

While safety is always the primary concern, and of the utmost importance, there can be devastating effects to your company as a result of forklift accidents. Reach out to us today to find out how we can customize our training for you, your staff, and your company.