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Forklift Truck Safety Checklist

The safety of workers and equipment is a top priority for businesses, and forklifts are no exception. Operating a powered industrial truck safely requires adherence to safe practices, such as using a forklift safety checklist when checking the condition of the truck. A forklift inspection checklist can help operators confirm that the truck is in good operating order before it's used. This way, there's less chance of an accident or fatality due to malfunctioning equipment

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Forklift Truck Safety Checklist


Operator Safety Information

Has the operator been trained or refreshed within the last three years?
Is there a copy of the operators certificate in their training file?
Has the operator signed an authorisation to operate form, renewable annually?
Is the operator aware of the correct fault reporting procedures?
Has the operator certification and authorisation to operate records been checked?
Date of training or refresher course?
Date of company written authorisation?

Truck Information

Truck Type?
Serial Number?
Motive power?

Visual checks

Carriage pate Is the safety data information plate attached and legible?
Load handling device (forks, clamp, etc)?
Backrest extension?
Mast rollers & slides?
Lift chains?
Chain pulleys?
Hydraulic rams?
Hydraulic cables?
All round external condition?
Has the key been removed when the lift truck is unattended?
Operators position?
Operators seat & seat restraint?
LPG cylinder (LPG powered truck)?

Operational Safety Checks

Starting procedure (engine truck)?
Starting procedure (electric truck)?
Starting procedure (LPG truck)?
Audible warning system?
All hydraulic systems?
Driving operation (no play in the steering)?
Foot brake function?
Park brake function?

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Is the lift truck In a safe operational condition?


Operators signature.
Safety officer signature.
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Safe operations with the usage of a forklift truck safety checklist

A forklift safety checklist is a tool that can be used by operators to ensure the safe operation of their powered industrial trucks. By completing this checklist, you can avoid potential accidents and fatalities.

Here are some key points to keep in mind when using the forklift safety checklist:

  • Confirm the forks are correctly adjusted before use. Make sure they are at the correct height (for your machine) and adjust them as necessary based on the weight or cargo being lifted.
  • Check for debris or obstruction between the wheel well and frame, which could prevent proper movement of the forks. If there is any debris present, clear it away using a forklift rake or bucket attached to one end of an extension arm.
  • Inspect all bolts, screws, and brackets for tightness and wear; if they appear suspect, replace them with new ones.
  • Perform periodic Maintenance & Safety Checks on your truck to make sure everything is in good working order!

  • By utilizing a forklift truck safety checklist you can confirm that powered industrial trucks are in good operating order before usage. To lessen the possibility of unnecessary accidents and fatalities brought on by malfunctioning forklifts in warehouses, factories, shipping yards, and other workplaces, safety inspections and maintenance checks are conducted using a forklift truck safety checklist.

    There is great importance in the forklift inspections performed by your operators, whether you're a supervisor at a warehouse, on a construction site, or in a manufacturing facility. Since forklifts are essential to your company's operations, you make sure that inspections are carried out consistently and effectively.

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