Additionally, depending on the type of forklift, you will need to check items such as cables and connectors (for electric forklifts), engine oil and brake reservoir levels (for internal combustion forklifts), tank condition (for liquid propane forklifts), and more.
After that, it’s on to the operational inspection. Turn on the forklift engine and check elements such as the following:
- accelerator linkage
- drive and tilt control
- hoist and lowering control
- attachment control
For a more comprehensive overview, as well as sample checklists, visit OSHA’s forklift inspection page.
2. Train Your Workforce
In forklift operation, as in countless EHS initiatives, training is perhaps the greatest factor in minimizing losses. In fact, OSHA estimates that up to 70% of forklift-related accidents could have been prevented with proper training. See OSHA’s training materials on powered industrial trucks.
3. Document Everything
In addition to your daily forklift inspection results, make sure to keep thorough and complete workforce training records. OSHA requires every employer to be able to provide a “written certification record” for each forklift operator, with information including “the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation.” For more information, visit OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck Operator FAQs.
Your business is subject to many operational, regulatory, and compliance risks. This checklist itemizes some of the documents, training, and procedures that are required by many state and federal agencies. Can you check all the boxes?