OSHA requires daily operator inspections for forklifts and it is very important that every company that uses forklifts complies with this. These inspections are designed to certify that the forklift is in safe and proper operating condition at the beginning of each shift.
There are a lot of different forms that can be used as daily checklists but they all typically contain the same information. Normally the checklist requires a visual inspection and an operational inspection. Items found on the checklist include:
- Propane system for internal combustion forklifts or battery condition for electric forklifts
- Drive and steer tires and/or load wheels
- Engine/battery compartment condition
- Overhead guard
- Carriage, forks and lift chains
- Mast and components
- Cylinders, tilt, reach and lift
- Seat and seat belts
- Hydraulic oil
- Data plate
- Listen for unusual noises
- Parking brake
- Tilt control
- Forward/reverse driving, including steering and braking
- Back up alarm
- Oil spots on floor
While these lists may seem time consuming, they are extremely beneficial to your company and employees. By filling out daily checklists, company forklift drivers will help make sure that problems can be addressed before they become major issues. In addition, the daily checklist will also help ensure that the machines are safe and in good operating condition which will keep operators safe and free from harm.
After all, no one wants an accident in their facility!