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Forklift Inspection

In its 29 CFR 1910.178 standard language, OSHA states that forklifts must be inspected either daily, or after each shift in cases where vehicles are in round-the-clock use. If problems are discovered, they must be reported and the forklift must be removed from service immediately. While there are no mandates in the standard as to precisely how the inspections must be conducted, there are suggested best practices readily available.

What Should Go Into a Toyota Forklift Daily Checklist?

If you do not have a pre-operational checklist for your forklifts established, do not worry—they are fairly intuitive. Manufacturers often provide sample checklists that are updated and customized as necessary. Referencing these directions are your best bet. If you wish to create your own checklist, though, the following are examples of checkpoints that should always be included in your daily forklift inspection:

  • Check fluid levels (oil, water, and hydraulic fluid, for example)
  • Check for leaks, cracks and visible defects everywhere on the forklift
  • Check mast chains visually; avoid the use of hands
  • Test mast chain tension by lifting the load backrest to eye level—the mast chains should be level and any tilting may signify stretching or broken rollers
  • Check tire condition, pressure, and look for any cuts or gouges
  • Determine fork condition, remembering to check the top clip retaining pin and heel
  • Ensure load backrest extension functions properly
  • Check functionality of finger guards
  • Ensure safety decals and nameplates are legible and match the forklift model
  • Check that the operators’ manual and log book are present and legible
  • Ensure the operators’ manual compartment is clean of debris
  • Test all functional safety devices, such as seat belts and horns
  • Check the brakes, steering controls and other operational items for proper function

Depending on the type of forklift you are using, there may be other propulsion-specific aspects to check:

Electric Forklifts Pre-operation Checklist

Here are a few items worth checking on your electric forklift:

  • There is no fraying or exposed wires in cables or connectors
  • Battery restraints are functional
  • Electrolyte levels are proper
  • The hood latch is operational
Internal Combustion Cushion and Internal Combustion Pneumatic Forklifts Pre-operation Checklist

Here are a few items worth checking on your internal combustion cushion and pneumatic forklifts:

  • Engine oil and engine coolant levels are proper
  • Air filters are clean and in place
  • The radiator is free of cracks or other defects
  • The hood latch is operational
Reach Trucks Pre-operations Checklist and Order Pickers Pre-operations Checklist

Here are a few items worth checking on your reach trucks and order pickers:

  • On-truck and off-truck chargers are functioning
  • No damage, bend, or looseness in the forks or backrest
  • Brake pedal is effective
  • No leaks can be detected

Toyota Material Handling Solutions (TMHS) is offering 15% off chains and 10% off forks thru March 31, 2021. Contact TMHS for pricing.

15% off Chainsand 10% off Forks

15% off chains and 10% off forklift. Promotion is valid thru March 31, 2021. Call a TMHS Parts Associate for pricing.