InTents December2022/January 2023 - 44

business | shelf life
Checklists are the key to
preventive maintenance
By Jason Bader
D
on't you hate it when things don't
work in the warehouse? You jump
on the forklift, ready to unload a 40-ft.
trailer, and the battery is dead. As you
are cursing your misfortune, you grab
the pallet jack and the hydraulic pump
is shot.
I have recently been teaching a
class on warehouse management.
When we reach the topic of preventive
maintenance, the room is illed
with stories of mishaps and the law
according to Murphy, wherein anything
that can go wrong, will go wrong. In a
distribution warehouse, it is usually at
the worst possible time. Mechanical
things break down, especially if they are
not maintained properly.
Who is supposed to remember the
maintenance schedule of every piece of
equipment? The warehouse manager?
The branch manager? The individual
operator? Most preventive maintenance
tends to fall through the cracks. We
assume that it is someone else's
responsibility and ultimately an item
fails when it is most mission critical.
Every owner I know would rather invest
in maintenance than pay for repair after
it is too late. So how do we get ahead
of the problem? It all comes down to a
system of checklists.
Checklists are the key to preventive
maintenance. We simply can't expect our
team to prioritize maintenance without
reminders. By developing a series of
required inspection documents, we are
emphasizing the care of company assets.
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If you are a company that shares proit
with the employees, it is easy to remind
them how much it costs when a piece of
mission critical equipment goes down.
Let's start with the delivery vehicles.
When a truck goes down, we are clearly
in jeopardy of failing to serve the
customer. It is really frustrating to have a
vehicle break down with half a load still
waiting to be delivered. It is maddening
when the breakdown occurred because
the transmission luid had not been
changed since we put it in service. Start
with a weekly inspection of the vehicle.
This inspection should be completed by
the driver and reviewed by the driver's
direct supervisor. Break the checklist
down to functional areas: luids, lights
and signals, tires, etc. If you are unsure
about the items on the list, consult the
dealer who sold you the truck. The
dealer can help advise you on preventive
maintenance. Don't forget about sales
vehicles. I once had a vehicle break down
because the salesperson didn't know it
was his responsibility to change the oil.
Don't overlook critical equipment that
should be on each vehicle: safety gear,
proper jobsite safety apparel, cargo tiedown
equipment and material handling
equipment. Work with your drivers to
develop a solid list. Don't forget to include
a weekly cleaning. The cleanliness of your
delivery vehicles speaks volumes about
the professionalism of your company.
The next area to consider is the
material handling equipment. These
are the forklifts, hoists, pallet jacks,

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