How Often Should Operators Inspect Their Forklift?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calls for a daily forklift inspection to preserve workspaces safe. However, if your industrial trucks are constantly in use throughout the day, you need to inspect them before and after each shift. A forklift inspection checklist guides employees where to look during a check process.
In addition to daily inspections by operators, you need to schedule professional safety inspections a few times per year. A professional safety inspection is also required if operators don’t use an industrial truck for more than four weeks. If a lift truck doesn’t pass the check, it can only be operated after the necessary repairs are made.
The key documents that regulate professional examinations are:
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations of 1998
- Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974