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Checking the Forklift Parts Before Using It

As far as we know, forklift is a lifting equipment which needs adequate attention to ensure its safety. Various potential hazards are associated with Forklift Parts operation. Therefore, a complete check before forklift operation is fairly necessary that will not only ensure the safety of the driver, but also guarantee the work performance. In addition, with a check in advance, it can also help you identify the problems or potential problems of the forklift.

The following are some aspects that you have to consider or look for when checking the forklift before you using it.

Forklift part check:

1. Does the forklift specification meet the operating requirement?

2. Is clear forklift load chart provided?

3. Is seat belt provided?

4. Does the maximum speed controlled?

5. Do horn, reversing beeper, proximity indicator and flashing light function properly?

6. Is falling object protective structure of FOPS provided on the forklift?

7. Are the maintenance performed regularly?

8. Are forklift maintenance and repair records maintained?

9. Is there enough fuel inside forklift?

10. Is forklift battery charged?

11. Are the forklift tires fully inflated?

12. Are the tires pressure enough and safe?

13. Are the tires in good conditions?

14. Do the forklift brakes work?

15. Is the steering work well?

16. Does the gear control work?

17. Are the left and right mirrors available and clear?

18. Do all indicators and gauges function properly?

19. Are there any liquid leaks from the forklift?

20. Are fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid and coolant levels enough?

21. Is portable fire extinguisher fitted on the forklift?

22. Is wearing hard hat a must for forklift operators?

23. Have other personal protective equipment such as eye goggles, ear plugs and safety shoes to be worn?

Working system:

1. Are there speed limits for powered equipment on site?

2. Are there appropriate traffic management plans at the plant site to prevent collision of forklifts with people and other mobile equipment by separating them in time or space?

3. Does monitoring and supervision system for ensuring all safety procedures implementation work?

4. Are uncertified drivers allowed to operate forklift?

5. Is loads checking always performed for stability to guarantee they are not dislocated from the forklift during loading, traveling and unloading?

6. Is load weight always checked before loading to avoid overloaded?

7. Is load always lowered prior to the forklift being in motion?

8. Is safe distance from the edge of ramps, docks, drains, gutters, floor openings and any other opening and obstacles established to prevent forklift accident?

9. Are every ramp or dock edges safeguarded and visibly marked?

10. Is it allowed to lift workers using forklift to do certain job?

11. Is it allowed to use forklift for doing other jobs instead of lifting?

12. Is the procedure for the safe battery charging or fuel filling established?

If you want to ensure the safety when using a forklift, then you must check all these aspects before using it.