Inspect a Forklift
HRSDC and OSHA report that more than 10,000 workplace injuries related to fork lifts happen each year. Operator error is the reason for many of these mishaps. Lack of appropriate equipment maintenance and check causes numerous others. Operation and maintenance of a forklift is not only the reason for personal injuries, but also of damage to property. Forklifts can damage sprinklers, building structures and overhead pipes, and other equipment when incorrectly utilized. The following day by day inspections should be carried out in order to reduce the likelihood of forklift accidents.
Turn off the engine prior to inspecting various fluid levels: fuel, engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and hydraulic oil. The tires must be inspected for signs of wear and tear. Check the air pressure in the tires. Check the condition of the forks. The load backrest should be attached securely. Do a visual inspection of the top-clip retaining heel and pin. After that perform an inspection of the hydraulic hoses, mast chains, cables and stops. Make certain that both the finger and overhead guards are firmly attached.
The LP powered forklift has propane tanks that have to be inspected for corrosion, damage or rust. The battery's electrolyte levels and charge have to be tested periodically. Seat belts have to be inspected for wear and tear. Check to make sure the owner's handbook is stored on-board the forklift inside a storage compartment. Test the seat belt to make sure the latches are secure. Check the hood latch to ensure it is functioning as it should.
To make sure there are no unusual engine sounds, start the engine up and listen for any irregularities. If there are, investigate immediately. Test the steering controls and the accelerator. The service brake and the parking break must be functioning properly.
The tilt control and drive control should be checked to guarantee proper functioning in both reverse and forward. Test the functioning of the lowering control and hoist, and the attachment control. Test the lights and horn. After that check the defroster, wipers and heater to make sure they are functioning smoothly. Inspect every gauge to find out that it is reading within functional limits.