There are healthy and safety guidelines governing the use of forklift trucks. Any big machine, like a lift truck, is potentially dangerous and should be utilized safely. The rules and regulations state that the operator should perform daily checks on the forklift and more thorough inspections on a weekly basis and every month. The following inspections must be carried out on the forklift:
Forklift Brakes - the brakes are a very important part of the lift truck equipment and therefore they should be double and tripled checked. A brake check is performed with different pedal heights and pressures to determine the sensitivity of the brakes. The brake lights should be inspected at the same time.
The Tires - lift truck tires are also important for the safe performance of the forklift truck and to the braking system. All the tires must be checked properly to make certain they are inflated to the proper pressure and that there are no punctures in the tires.
Controller - the forklift controller system is inspected by operating the forks and the release to know that the system is in good working order. Any sign of issues must be reported and tended to instantly. The lift truck must not be used until the controller system has been fixed.
Steering Wheel - the operator must check the lift truck steering wheel in order to make certain the turning of the wheel is correct. Lift truck safety depends upon the steering wheel working correctly and responding well. There are a variety of inspections that could be done to determine the performance of the steering wheel.
Engine Oil - the Removing the oil dip stick from the engine with help determine if the engine requires oil. The dipstick would show both the level of the oil and the oil color. The oil must be refilled if the level is very low. If the colour is off, there might be contamination happening.
Fire Extinguisher - lift trucks are required by law to carry a fire extinguisher. This fire extinguisher will have to be checked to ensure it will function correctly in case of a fire. Various kinds of fire extinguisher should be inspected in specific ways. For instance, a dry chemical extinguisher must be shaken.