Precautions to Use If Your Forklift Has an Internal Combustion Engine


There are three types of engines used for forklifts. If your forklift uses an internal combustion engine, there are some basic precautions you must follow to prevent injuries.

Precautions for Forklifts with an Internal Combustion Engine

The three types of forklift engines available today are electric forklifts, battery powered lifts, and lifts that are powered by an internal combustion (IC) engine. There are fewer forklift sales of IC engines today than there were in the past, but you still might have one of these around. If your company does use IC engines in their forklifts, there are a few precautions you should follow to prevent injuries.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Newer IC engines will have on-board sensors that will monitor emissions and ensure that carbon monoxide is not being released into the air. Catalytic converters also help newer IC engines reduce emissions. If you are buying a new forklift, make sure that it has these two options. If you are operating an older machine, make sure that the machine is inspected for leaks and fluid levels before turning it on.

It is important that you do not operate the forklift in an area that is not properly ventilated. Improper ventilation can lead to a concentrated level of fumes. Make sure you notice the color of your exhaust. If the exhaust is turning black, this can indicate that there is a problem with the combustion of the engine, which leads to higher levels of carbon monoxide. Excessive vibration and weird noises can also be clues that something is wrong with the engine. If you or someone else notices these clues, inspect the engine thoroughly before using it again.

Leaks and Spills

If fuel leaks or spills while refueling or while using the machine, it is imperative that you clean this up immediately. Spills are hazardous in several ways, including the fumes from the spills and the chance that someone will slip on it and get hurt. You should always know where the cleaning supplies are and your company should stock some type of product that is effective in removing fuel and oil.