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Power Industrial Truck Inspection

Powered industrial trucks, also known as forklifts, are a huge help in the construction industry. That’s if they’re working properly. If not, they are extremely dangerous. Do you rent your equipment, or do you own your equipment? Either way, equipment shall be inspected at the beginning of each day or working shift. I have copied prestart inspection checklists that OSHA provides below. This will aid employees in ensuring equipment is in safe working condition before they start working.

Operator’s Daily Checklist – Internal Combustion Engine Industrial Truck – Gas/LPG/Diesel Truck

Record of Fuel Added
Date Operator Fuel
Truck # Model # Engine Oil
Department Serial # Radiator Coolant
Shift Hour Meter Hydraulic Oil

Safety and Operational Checks(Prior To Each Shift)
-Have a Qualified mechanic correct all positions.

Engine Off Checks OK Maintenance
Leaks – Fuel, Hydraulic Oil, Engine Oil or Radiator Coolant
Tires – Condition and Pressure
Forks, Top Clip Retaining Pin and Heel – Check Condition
Load Backrest – Securely Attached
Hydraulic Hoses, Mast Chains, Cables and Stops – Check Visually
Overhead Guard – Attached
Finger Guards – Attached
Propane Tank (LP Gas Truck) – Rust Corrosion, Damage
Safety Warnings – Attached (Refer to Parts Manual for Location)
Battery – Check Water/Electrolyte Level and Charge
All Engine Belts – Check Visually
Hydraulic Fluid Level – Check Level
Engine Oil Level – Dipstick
Transmission Fluid Level
Engine Air Cleaner – Squeeze Rubber Dirt Trap or Check the Restriction Alarm (if equipped)
Fuel Sedimentor (Diesel)
Radiator Coolant – Check Level
Operator’s Manual – In Container
Nameplate – Attached and Information Matches Model, Serial Number and Attachments
Seat Belt – Functioning Smoothly
Hood Latch – Adjusted and Securely Fastened
Brake Fluid – Check Level
Engine On Checks – Unusual Noises Must Be Investigated Immediately
Accelerator or Direction Control Pedal – Functioning Smoothly
Service Brake – Functioning Smoothly
Parking Brake – Functioning Smoothly
Steering Operation – Functioning Smoothly
Drive Control – Forward/Reverse – Functioning Smoothly
Tilt Control – Forward and Back – Functioning Smoothly
Hoist and Lowering Control – Functioning Smoothly
Attachment Control – Operation
Horn and Lights – Functioning
Cab (If Equipped) Heater, Defroster, Wipers – Functioning
Gauges: Anmeter, Engine Oil Pressure, Hour Meter, Fuel Level, Temperature, Instrument Monitors – Functioning

Operator’s Daily Checklist – Electric Industrial Truck

Record of Fluid Added
Date Operator Battery Water
Truck # Model # Hydraulic Oil
Department Serial #
Shift Drive Hour Meter Reading Hoist Hour Meter Reading

Safety and Operational Checks (Prior to Each Shift)
– Have a qualified mechanic correct all problems.

Motor Off Checks OK Maintenance
Leaks – Hydraulic Oil, Battery
Tires – Condition and Pressure
Forks, Top Clip Retaining Pin and Heel – Condition
Load Backrest Extension – Attached
Hydraulic Hoses, Mast Chains, Cables & Stops – Check Visually
Finger Guards – Attached
Overhead Guards – Attached
Safety Warnings – Attached (Refer to Parts Manual for Location )
Battery – Water/Electrolyte Level and Charge
Hydraulic Fluid Level – Dipstick
Transmission Fluid Level – Dipstick
Operator’s Manual in Container
Capacity Plate Attached – Information Matches Model, Serial Number and Attachments
Battery Restraint System – Adjust and Fasten
Operator Protection
Sit down Truck – Seat Belt – Functioning Smoothly
Man-up Truck – Fall protection/Restraining means – Functioning Smoothly
Brake Fluid – Check Level
Motor On Checks (Unusual Noises Must Be Investigated Immediately) Ok Maintenance
Accelerator Linkage – Functioning Smoothly
Parking Brake – Functioning Smoothly
Service Brake – Functioning Smoothly
Steering Operation – Functioning Smoothly
Drive Control – Forward/Reverse – Functioning Smoothly
Tilt Control – Forward and Back – Functioning Smoothly
Hoist and Lowering Control – Functioning Smoothly
Attachment Control – Operation
Horn – Functioning
Lights & Alarms (where present) – Functioning
Hour Meter – Functioning
Battery Discharge Indicator – Functioning
Instrument Monitors – Functioning

ALL OPERATORS MUST BE TRAINED AND EVALUATED ON THE TYPES OF INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS AND ATTACHMENTS THEY WILL BE OPERATING.

Alex Edwards
502-909-5804
Alexe@baileysafety.com