To ensure a safer working environment and prevent costly lift truck repairs, it is important to do an inspection before operating any equipment. Upon detection of any unsafe condition, the equipment should be tagged out, reported to a supervisor and use of equipment should be discontinued.
Here is a quick list of what to inspect:
Before starting the forklift
Tires (including wheels and nut)
Fluid levels (hydraulic oil, engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, battery, fuel)
Hydraulic hose and cylinders
Attachments fitted correctly
After starting the forklift
Lights and horn
Steering, forward and reverse
Hand and service brake
Hoist, tilt and attachment operation
Correct operation of instruments
The tips above are an inclusive but not exhaustive list when it comes to lift truck safety in the workplace.
For a more in-depth list, please visit: https://www.osha.gov/dte/library/pit/pit_checklist.html