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Forklift Truck Operator Pre-Use Checks

This forklift pre-operational Inspection checklist will help keep your equipment, workers, and company safe from any potential harms.
MaintainX
07/15/2022

Forklift Truck Operator Pre-Use Checks

This forklift pre-operational Inspection checklist will help keep your equipment, workers, and company safe from any potential harms.

    Check Items

    Visual Checks

  • General: Good condition with no damage, excessive dirt or rust. Any defects previously noted repaired.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Forks: Correctly positioned, not damaged, cracked, bent or worn. Anchor pins secure and not worn, loose or bent.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Carriage Plate: No damage or distortion, sitting square to the mast and lubricated. End stop bolts engaged and secure

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Mast: No damage, distortion or cracks. No undue wear, scoring, dirt or foreign bodies in channels. End stops secure. Rollers, no uneven wear or incorrect tracking. Slides intact and secure.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Back Rest Extension / Load Guard: In good condition, secure with no distortion or cracks

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Lift Chains: Not damaged worn or stretched, no broken links or rust. All pins in place.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Tyres: No damage, excessive dirt or wear, rust, cracks, splits or separation of tyres and rims. Pneumatic tyres correct air pressure.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Wheels: Undamaged and free from obstruction and debris. All nuts secure and in place.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Overhead Guard / Roll Over Protection Frame: Secure, undamaged with no loose items.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Energy Source:

  • Gas or Diesel: Engine oil, fuel and radiator water level correct. Gas bottle secured, no rust, corrosion or damaged pipes, hoses or seals.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Electric: Electrolyte level, battery plug and connections correct. Power cable intact, connected and secure. No exposed wires, battery brackets secure and battery adequately charged.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Hydraulics: No damage or fluid leaks, no splits in hoses, no leaks around fittings.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Identification / Rating Plate: Intact, clean and legible.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Operator’s Compartment: Clean with no loose items.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Access: Steps and grab handles in good condition and clean.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Lights, Windscreen and Mirrors (if fitted): Clean and undamaged.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Fire Extinguisher (if fitted): Secure and charged.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Operational Checks

  • Seat: Good condition, secure and adjusted correctly.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Safety Belt: Accessible, in good condition and working correctly.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Ignition & Electrical System: Working correctly. All gauges and instruments visible and working.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Reversing Alarm and Horn: Working correctly and audible.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Warning Lights & Lights (if fitted): Working correctly.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Hydraulic Controls: Working smoothly and correctly.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Brakes (Foot & Parking): Working correctly.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Clutch & Gearshift: Working smoothly and correctly.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Steering: Working correctly with no excessive play.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Exhaust: No excessive smoke, sparks or flames.

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Defect Details:

  • Operator’s Signature:

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  • Date:

  • Manager’s / Supervisor’s Signature:

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  • Date:

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