How often should a lift truck be inspected?

Federal OSHA requires that forklift vehicles have to be inspected at least daily, or after each shift when used around the clock. You will find this requirement in the Powered Industrial Truck standard at 1910.178(q)(7). OSHA does not require that forklift inspections be documented.

What is part of the operational inspection of the lift truck?

Ensure safety decals and nameplates are legible and match the forklift model. Check that the operators’ manual and log book are present and legible. Ensure the operators’ manual compartment is clean of debris. Test all functional safety devices, such as seat belts and horns.

What are the main points of the visual inspection of the lift truck?

This visual inspection should include inspection of the critical elements of the lift truck: the tires, fluid levels, battery, forks, and seatbelt. Any obvious damage, wear and tear or other problem should result in immediate repair of the lift truck before it is used in the workplace.

What does OSHA require for forklift?

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178(I) requires that employers provide forklift operators training for vehicle inspection and maintenance. Operators must be over 18 years of age and be recertified at least once every three years. The similar CSA standard is B335-04 (R2012).

What are the two parts of a forklift safety inspection?

There are two main categories that a forklift inspection will cover: the forklift’s load-handling capacity and its general safety and maintenance.

Does OSHA require daily equipment inspection?

Daily, pre-shift inspection of powered industrial trucks is required by OSHA standards.

What should you check before lifting a load?

Check that the overhead clearance is adequate before raising loads. Do not raise or lower the fork unless the lift truck is stopped and braked. Lift loads straight up or tilt back slightly. Do not lift a load that extends above the load backrest unless no part of the load can possibly slide back toward the operator.