One of the biggest expenses many warehouses incur is buying new loading equipment.
That’s why a lot of warehouse managers stress to their employees the value of taking care of all of the loading equipment. The less frequently this equipment has to be repaired or replaced, the better for the budget. And, when there’s less money spent on repairs and replacements, there’s more for bonuses and raises, which makes everyone happy.
Here are a few tips for taking care of your loading equipment:
Watch the Weather
Heavy rains, winds, and snow can damage any of your equipment that’s outdoors. If you know bad weather is coming, take the time to make certain everything that can be put inside is put inside.
Even equipment that is rated for outdoor use in the weather should be brought in. It might be fine in the rain or snow, but if the wind blows it over or blows something else into it, the equipment may be damaged.
Communicate and Be Aware
All of your employees need to make certain they’re aware of what’s going on around them and communicate properly. This is because accidents can destroy or damage equipment. Proper communication will make certain things like a forklift running into other equipment or a person doesn’t happen.
Use Equipment Properly
Always be certain to use dock boards and other equipment properly. These pieces of equipment are manufactured for use in a very specific way, and when it’s used improperly or in ways it’s not designed for, it can put stress on different parts of the equipment that are not made to withstand pressure.
This can lead to the equipment breaking while in use, which can cause damage to other equipment or injury to people. Products that are used improperly may also move unexpectedly and cause damage or harm.
Perform Maintenance as Needed
Ideally, you want to take the best care of your equipment so that it lasts for years, but the truth is everything will wear out eventually.
For this reason, you should conduct visual inspections on a regular basis to see what equipment is showing signs of age or heavy use. Doing so will help you keep your equipment in working order for as long as possible, and avoid accidents that will cost you more money in the long run.
It’s also wise to instruct your employees how to report any signs of wear or needed maintenance to you immediately. Any equipment that looks like it could fail at any time needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Replace Damaged Equipment
There will come a time when you need to replace something, so it’s best that you do so before that piece of equipment breaks. In some cases, you’ll want to keep a log of when the equipment was purchased so you can replace it after a certain amount of time has passed. In other cases, you may want to use a piece of equipment until it’s worn down.
Either way, make sure you replace it before the item or vehicle breaks. Doing so will help you take care of your other loading equipment since there won’t be a chance of collateral damage.