A forklift needs to be inspected every day or at the beginning of each shift. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires all powered industrial trucks be inspected regularly. Operators have to inspect their forklifts at least once a day. If the forklift is not used on a daily basis, a bare minimum inspection rate of 3 to 4 times a week is sufficient. If the forklift is running 24/7, it will need to be inspected every shift to ensure no faults or mechanical issues have occurred since the previous shift.
It is not a requirement to keep inspection sheets. That being said, it’s a good idea to have a pre-shift inspection checklist to ensure nothing is missed. Filling out a pre-inspection sheet is the best way to know you’re operating a machine that’s ready to perform the task both efficiently and safely.
Forklift that any defects or require maintenance must not be used. If there are any doubts about what defects could hinder the safety of operating the machine, reach out to your safety supervisor or reach out to our team of experts today! Any issues found must be immediately reported as they could potentially lead to serious accidents.
Not sure how to perform a pre-shift inspection? We currently offer free pre-shift inspection courses for MEWP’s, telehandlers, skid steers, and forklifts! These free pre-shift inspection courses will go over the importance of pre-operation inspections, as well as everything that needs to be done to ensure safe operation. Click on one of the links below to get started!
Aerial Boom & Scissor Lift Pre-Sift Inspection (CAD | USD)
Sit-Down Forklift Pre-Shift Inspection (CAD | USD)
Telehandler / Variable Reach Forklift Pre-Shift Inspection (CAD | USD)
Skid Steer Loader Pre-Shift Inspection (CAD | USD)