Forklifts are one of the most used pieces of equipment on your worksite. Just like with any industrial equipment, they can pose a safety risk if not used by properly trained crews. According to Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), an estimated 34,900 serious injuries and 85 fatal accidents are caused by forklifts every year.
At Trupar America, we recommend using a forklift checklist to your operator, and managers ensure that safety programs remain on track. If you are already using a checklist, take the time to compare yours to the list we are presenting. If you have not yet implemented the use of a checklist, consider reviewing the list below and adapting it to your needs so it can be easily integrated as a mandatory part of your team’s daily routine. Visual Equipment Inspection Checklist Check the forklift for any apparent problems or missing components. Check the floor and work area for any hazards or obstacles. Check for overhead obstructions that could catch on or interfere with the overhead guard. Confirm that the fire extinguisher is present in the work area and that it is charged and working. Inspect the battery and cable for a charge and tight connections. Check fluid levels for oil, fuel, and radiator fluid. Check all chain anchor pins. Make sure the wheels and tires are free of damage and