Electric Forklift Checklist Pre-shift
An electric forklift checklist is highly recommended before you or any employee starts their shift. Not only is it to make sure the forklift is up to the required standard when you are performing your workplace duties, but the checklist is there for your own safety and to protect you from any possible danger. With this in mind, we have detailed why you should inspect your forklift, the typical electric forklift pre start checklist procedures you are advised to conduct, and a final point to conclude the article.
Why You Should Inspect Your Electric Forklift
The main reason as to why you should always conduct an electric forklift checklist pre-shift is because injuries and fatalities can stem from component failure. When employees do not properly inspect and assess equipment before use, they fail to spot any glaring issues which can end up with them getting seriously injured.
Not to mention, by routinely inspecting your assets, it greatly increases the longevity of your equipment. Safety regulators and many forklift manufacturers encourage forklifts to be inspected before operating, but these inspections are often foolishly neglected. Compliance is also highly enforced by manufacturers and business owners due to hefty fines that can be issued based on failure to adhere to forklift safety procedures prior to operation.
Typical Forklift Pre Start Checklist:
Below we have identified common forklift pre start checklist examples you would be expected to conduct before you begin your workplace duties.
Engine Off Forklift Checklist:
- No leaks visible
- No damage to tyres and rims such as cuts and other signs of wear and tear
- Tyre pressure is at the appropriate level
- Forks and mast appears in full working order with no bends or cracks visible
- Lights appear to be in working order
- Hydraulic fluid and brake fluid are at the recommended levels
- Controls displayed clearly
- Seat restraint functions properly and shows no sign of damage or wear and tear
- Operators manual present and readable
Engine On Forklift Checklist:
- Testing of the brakes to ensure they are working correctly
- Examination of the batteries to make sure they are sufficiently topped up with appropriate water and charge levels
- Carry out checks on chains used for securing anchor pins and that the chain links have sufficient lubrication
- Complete a functional test of warning signals and safety features such as the horn, mirrors, lights and emergency stop indicators
- Check pedals for smooth operation and that they aren’t obstructed
Battery Charger Inspection Checklist:
- Check the battery works properly when switched on and is showing no signs of wear and tear or leaking
- When the charger is turned off, check that charger lead can be stored correctly
While we have listed the typical checklist procedures you will likely conduct before forklift operation, we would just like to make the point that if you are unsure whether a forklift component is in full working condition, it is always advised that you notify your supervisor. This is because any slight sign of wear and tear such as a small crack can cause life threatening ramifications so always be prepared to ask if you require assistance when performing routine checks on the vehicle.