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How to Check Forklift Tines

Hooks:

These components bear the brunt of the load when raising and transporting items. If one breaks while cargo is in the air, the forklift may collapse. Before operators climb into the driver’s seat, they must make sure that the hooks are securely fastened to the shaft.

Heels:

These are the metal pieces that form right angles inside the prongs or shafts of the forklift. They provide support for lifting.

Heels should be reviewed for cracks before each use, because every time the forks carry a load, the shafts of the forklift stretch and create fissures in the metal. After every lift, the metal becomes weaker, and the cracks increase in size.

The width of the heel also must be examined. When heels contact the floor, the bottom is worn down. This is especially important if the forklift is operating on harsh surfaces, like concrete or blacktop.

The depth of the heel can be measured with a fork caliper. This measurement should be compared to the fork upright-shank width. A forklift’s tires and the prong chains also should be observed daily. If either is past its prime, the forks could drop to the ground.

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