When attending a forklift safety class, there is a lot of focus placed on preventative measures. While attention is expected to be placed on the operator’s skills, your company must also emphasize the importance of forklift pre-shift inspection and maintenance.
Pre-shift forklift inspections are required by federal law. It states “Industrial trucks shall be examined before being placed in service, and shall not be placed in service if the examination shows any condition adversely affecting the safety of the vehicle. Such examination shall be made at least daily. Where industrial trucks are used on a round-the-clock basis, they shall be examined after every shift. Defects when found shall be immediately reported and corrected.”
Who Performs the Pre-Shift Forklift Inspection?
Inspections can be completed by the forklift operator or other personnel. The person conducting the pre-shift forklift inspection should receive training on how to complete it and be familiar with information found in the operator’s manual and any site specific policies required by the employer.
Every shift requires a pre-shift forklift inspection. The person charged with inspection must visually and operationally inspect the forklift for safe and proper operation. If a defect is found, the forklift must be tagged and placed out of service until repaired by authorized personnel.
If a forklift failure causes an accident resulting in a serious injury or fatality, OSHA will ask if pre-shift forklift inspections were carried out properly. Although paper or electronic documentation is not required by federal law, it is a great assistance proving compliance. The compliance of a daily pre-shift forklift inspection can be your answer to knowing what repairs lie ahead for your forklift, allowing you to budget for repairs. Most importantly, it will prevent accidents caused by mechanical failure and keep your employees safe.
Request a complimentary pre-shift forklift inspection form, or contact a safety specialist to learn more about our checklist caddies. ProLift provides forklift safety training classes for operators and in-house trainers.