Things You Need to Know When Hiring a Forklift

Height 4 Hire is proud to be Queensland’s largest privately owned and operated supplier of access equipment hire, providing safe, reliable and well-maintained equipment since 2010. Research will be your best friend when looking for a reliable access hire company. Looking at the client testimonials, customer feedback as well as reviewing the quality of the equipment for hire is a great place to start. Here’s a few things you should consider when looking to hire a forklift.

Load Weight

It’s important to understand the scope and scale of the job you need to perform, this will help you to determine the correct load weight, which in turn will ensure the right equipment is being used for maximum efficiency and safety. When hiring a forklift, the equipment should come with standard specifications showing its capability. If the unit isn’t specified to lift the intended load weight, this can lead to a variety of harmful issues, including:

• Operator injury or fatality

• Persons within the vicinity to suffer serious injury or death

• The items you’re moving to be damaged

• Damage to the forklift

The forklifts load capacity, along with being found in the operator’s manual, should also be found on the manufacturer’s plate fitted to the equipment itself.

Lift Height

Similarly, it’s also vital to consider the height with which you’re looking to lift your item/s. The maximum lift capacity does decrease the higher the load needs to go as weight distribution and stability becomes an issue. 

The forklift must be rated to lift the heaviest load at any stage of the required height to avoid any of the potential injuries or damages. In addition to the general lift height you may require, you need also must assess your lift area for possible hazards such as pipes, low-lying beams or other overhead obstacles. The lift capacity specifications can also be found in the operator’s manual and on the forklift manufacturer’s plate.

The Working Environment 

The environment in which you will be using the forklift also plays a pivotal role in determining the type of machine you will need to hire. For example, diesel forklifts aren’t necessarily a good option for smaller, or enclosed indoor areas due to the fumes that are emitted. 

Here are four questions you should ask yourself:

1. Is the forklift required indoors, outdoors or both? This will assist in deciding if you need a diesel, LPG or electric model.

2. What type of surface with the forklift be used on? A standard forklift requires flat, stable ground.

3. What is the minimum aisle width the forklift with be operating in?

4. Are there any height restrictions entering or exiting the facility?

The Type of Goods You’re Moving or Lifting

Are the goods palletised, packed and shrink wrapped uniformly? Are you moving or lifting hazardous or oversized items? The answers to these questions will also help you to ensure the appropriate access hire equipment is used for the task. If you need any additional help or guidance, our team will be able to assist you in providing any additional forklift attachments or materials to get the job done safely.

Understand The Fine Print

Always ensure you read the contract. A great forklift or cherry picker hire company will always explain your rental agreement and obligations clearly. Ensure you understand who is responsible for transportation to and from site, as well as your liability for accidental damage. It’s also important to understand your obligations surrounding who can operate the machinery and any specific licensing requirements. 

Reliable and Affordable Forklift, Scissor Lift and Boom Lift Hire 

For cost-effective forklift hire and expert advice on the best access equipment hire for your needs and budget, contact Height 4 Hire today. We have the experience and expertise, as well as the most modern and well-maintained fleet, to help you get any job done in a safe and efficient manner. For more information on our range or services, contact us online or call our friendly team on (07) 3713 0500.