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Forklift Pre-use Inspection Checklist

This checklist provides pre-operational and operational checks you can do before and after starting the forklift; that will only take a few minutes to ensure your safety, the safety of the people around you and the safety of your forklift.
MaintainX
07/15/2022

Forklift Pre-use Inspection Checklist

This checklist provides pre-operational and operational checks you can do before and after starting the forklift; that will only take a few minutes to ensure your safety, the safety of the people around you and the safety of your forklift.
  • Operator:

  • Company:

  • Location:

  • Make & Model:

  • Hour Meter Reading:

    Meter name
    Unit
  • Date:

  • Unit No.:

  • POWER OFF CHECKS

  • Wheels/Tires/Tracks

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Lights/Strobes

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Engine/Battery:

  • Cover panel(s)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Debris

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Belts/Hoses

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Air filter indicator

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Wires/Cables/Terminals

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Battery-Batteries clean/dry/secure

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Fluids:

  • Engine oil (level) (leaks)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Engine coolant (Level) (Leaks)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Hydraulic oil (Level) (Leaks)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Fuel/Battery (Level) (Leaks)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Hydraulics:

  • Cylinders/Rods/Pin locks

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Hoses/Lines/Fittings

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Data/Capacity plate

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Verify equipment inspections are current

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Counterweight/Counterweight bolt(s)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Accessory plugs & cables

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Boom/Lift arms/Extending structure

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Power track

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Safety prop

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Work platform/Guardrails/Anchor points

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Weather-resistant storage compartment

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • OEM approved attachments

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Fire extinguisher(s)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Other: (specify)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Power On Checks

  • Unit starts & runs properly

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Instruments/System warning indicators

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Fuel/Charge leve

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Audible/Visual warning devices

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Function controls:

  • Drive

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Steering

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Braking

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Work platform

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Slewing (turret rotate)

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Boom/Jib/Lift arms

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Accessories/Optional equipment

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Function-enable (deadman) devices

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Emergency/Auxiliary controls

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Safety interlocks

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • GENERAL

  • Housekeeping

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Manufacturer's operation manuals

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Decals/Signs/Inspection notices

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Control markings

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Personal Protective Equipment

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • WORKPLACE INSPECTION

  • Drop-offs or holes

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Bumps & floor/Ground obstructions

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Debris

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Overhead obstructions

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Electrical conductors

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Hazardous locations

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Slopes

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Ground/Surface & support conditions

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Pedestrian/Vehicle traffic

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Weather conditions

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Other possible hazards

    • Yes
    • No
    • N / A
  • Report any problems found to your supervisor/employer. ALWAYS lock/tag-out unsafe equipment.

  • Comments:

  • Additional inspections by (print name):

Source: MaintainX (Community Member)

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