Forklift Truck Pre-Shift Checks
It is recommended that pre-shift checks are carried out daily before you start operating a forklift. This is to make sure the forklift is up to the tasks you are using / needing it for, it is also there for your own safety.
Your forklift check should include the following:
- Damage to tyres and rims, i.e. nails, cuts and other signs of wear and tear.
- Tyre pressure (if fitted with pneumatic tyres).
- Tightness and security of wheel nuts/bolts.
- Testing of the brakes; parking brake, service brakes and steering gear to ensure they are working correctly.
- Inspect fuel, water, engine and transmission oil levels.
- Examination of the batteries to make sure they are sufficiently topped up with water, charged and corrosion / leak free, the charger is turned off, disconnect the charger lead and stored correctly, and the battery retention device is in place.
- Carry out a test of systems for lifting, tilting and manipulation, including attachments to ensure they are functioning correctly.
- Complete a visual inspection of hydraulic systems to check for any leaks or damage and hydraulic fluid levels are right when the forks are in the parked position.
- Condition and security of the overhead guard and load back-rest extension.
- Forks wear and tear, especially look for cracks on the heels and mounting hooks, bent or damaged fork tips and absent or damaged fork positioning locks.
- Carry out checks on chains used for secure anchor pins, fixing bolts, damaged or elongated links, contamination (including rust) and lubrication.
- Complete a functional test of warning signals and safety features, e.g. horn; lights, emergency stop, beacon etc.
- Visibility aids, if they are fitted, e.g. mirrors.
- Seat – suspension, wear and tear, correct position, no damage, fully adjustable and can be locked in place.
- Check pedals for smooth operation and that they aren’t obstructed.
- Seatbelt, not faulty, torn/worn, not caught in mechanism, check it fastens and unfastens freely, fitted securely.
Did you know that we can supply pre- shift books via our parts department?
If you would like more advise on the pre-shift checks you should be carrying out, we’d love for you to contact us below!