The British summer is well underway and as temperatures continue to rise, warehouses across the UK are not just wrestling with employee safety issues, but also the potential impact on their equipment. The summer heat can be a prime culprit for equipment malfunctions which can lead to decreased productivity, increased repair costs, and in severe cases, compromise warehouse safety.

Understanding the Impact of Heat on Warehouse Equipment

Warehouse equipment, such as forklifts, pallet jacks, and conveyor systems, are engineered to endure tough conditions. However, they are not impervious to the effects of extreme heat. Overheating can induce equipment malfunctions such as diminished battery life, failures in hydraulic systems, or warping of components.

Such malfunctions can inflict significant disruption on your warehouse operations, resulting in unplanned downtime, escalating maintenance costs, and potential safety hazards.

Preventing Equipment Malfunctions: A Guide

While the weather may be out of our control, some steps can be taken to mitigate the impact of heat on your warehouse equipment. Here are some measures to consider:

  1. Regular Maintenance: Regular servicing can help identify and resolve potential issues before they escalate. This includes checking coolant levels, inspecting for leaks, and replacing any worn or damaged components.
  2. Proper Ventilation: Ventilation can play a crucial role in maintaining the temperature of your warehouse and, subsequently, your equipment. Consider installing fans or cooling systems to manage heat levels.
  3. Employee Training: Equip your team with the knowledge to recognise early signs of equipment stress or malfunction. This can help prevent minor issues from becoming major problems.

Econform: Simplifying Warehouse Safety

At Econform, our mission is to promote warehouse safety and productivity. While our platform does not directly manage equipment maintenance, we can significantly reduce the stress of the racking inspection process, providing you with more time to focus on other crucial areas like equipment maintenance during the summer heat.


Preventing equipment malfunctions during the summer is crucial to maintaining safety and productivity in your warehouse. With preventive measures and the right tools, you can effectively manage these risks.

Is the stress of managing racking inspection causing you to lose focus on critical areas like equipment maintenance during the summer? Econform can alleviate this stress. Our platform simplifies the racking inspection process, providing you with peace of mind during these challenging months.

To make your summer smoother and your warehouse safer, get in touch with Econform today. Keep an eye on our LinkedIn page and blog for more insights on enhancing safety in your warehouse operations.