An operator should inspect the forklift
truck EVERYDAY before using!
It was cool when the Dukes of Hazard jumped into the General Lee and started the engine. But you DON'T want your certified forklift operators to engage in such practices.
Instead you want them to conduct an inspection before taking their seat and starting the equipment! "What specifically are my operators to check for?" Wayco's Forklift Operators Checklist booklet provides outlined items to be inspected daily.
Forklifts are used in thousands of workplaces and their continuing role as a significant cause of serious worker injury and death. OSHA requires that forklift vehicles have to be inspected at least daily, or after each shift when used around the clock.
When the operation is done, it's also important to evaluate whether forklift operators are conducting their business in a safe way. If any problems found, they must be reported and the truck should be taken out of service immediately for repair. A "Warning: Do NOT Operate" Tag should be affixed to the truck, and not removed until the necessary repairs have been made. Since pre-shift inspection is an OSHA requirement, it is important for the employer to be prepared to document that these inspections have been made on a regular basis.