How To Perform A Daily Forklift Truck Checklist

 For many industrial or warehouse businesses, it’s more than likely that forklifts are in operation to assist with the transportation and lifting of heavy loads. Due to this, the forklift is likely in continuous action during working hours, though not all businesses perform two vital tasks, maintenance and checklists.


Fortunately, the experienced team at Trucks Direct UK have united their expertise on forklifts so that you know how to perform a daily forklift checklist in the future. 


Why are checks important?


Stated within the Health and Safety Legislation, it’s required that all vehicles in operation are in a reliable and safe condition at all times. The primary purpose of this is to guarantee the safety and protection for all employees that operate the forklift, aiding to avoid workplace accidents and injury.


In addition to this, daily checks also help to maintain the performance of the forklift, ensuring that all components are working efficiently and further avoiding the likelihood of any faults. This will then contribute towards saving costs, maintaining a long-lasting fleet of vehicles and decrease the downtime that is associated with any incidents. 


Checks before usage


  • Liquids


All relevant liquids on the truck should be checked before usage, with a few of the most notable fluids including engine oil, fuel levels, radiator liquid and hydraulic fluid. Failing to maintain these may mean that the vehicle will struggle to operate smoothly, and potentially causing damage to important components. 


  • Brakes


Braking is vital for any vehicle, but within a small industrial zone, it’s important to ensure that the brakes work before efficiently. Not only should this be carried out just before usage, but also whilst operating the vehicle to guarantee the best performance possible. 


  • Forks


The primary purpose of a forklift is for the forks, so daily checks on these should be performed to ensure that they are safe to use at all times. Checking these should include testing that they safely operate, are not bent or at different heights, and no cracks are present.

  • Safety features 


As the name implies, for safety purposes, all safety features must be operational. Essential components include sensors, alarms, indicators and lights, as well as the fire extinguisher which should also be attached to the forklift. 


  • Keep it clean


Once again, this shouldn't just be a pre-check, but keeping the truck clean at all times is a must to primarily avoid workplace accidents, but also to avoid damaging the vehicle. This also extends further than the truck, as the work zone should also be clean to avoid additional incidents. 


  • Battery


Two different checks should be carried out on your battery, with the first ensuring that it’s simply full charged to use. Further to this, checks should be carried out around the battery like making sure that there are no loose wires, damaged plug connections, clogged vent caps and everything is securely fastened. 


How we can help


As one of the UK’s most reputable sources for used forklifts, we have a wide selection of gas, electric and diesel forklifts for sale at competitive prices that won’t be found elsewhere. Each truck that we have on offer has been processed through our very own quality assurance test, as well as being certified with the LOLER certificate. So, no matter whether you require a side-loader, gas forklift or reach truck, we are certain to have a truck that is suitable for your needs. 

By calling us on 0121 667 1355, you can speak to one of our experts who will be more than happy to recommend the most suitable truck, as well as present some of the current forklifts currently available. For general enquiries, we are also available to message via our contact page, where you will simply need to include your contact details and message.

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