How to Do a Forklift Inspection?
The OSHA recommends a set of standards for the inspection checklist for forklifts and powered industrial trucks (PITs) to guarantee worker safety. Although a written record is not required, it is a good practice to have one. A proper forklift inspection includes a visual check with the engine off, an operating inspection, and documenting both inspections.
Basically, during the visual observation, you check the fluid levels for oil, water, and hydraulic fluid for any leaks or cracks. You should also check the chain tension in the mast with a stick. Test the tire pressure, the forks, and finally the truck's documentation (decals, nameplates, and operator manuals).
While doing the operation check, test the accelerator linkage, inch control, breaks, steering and drive control. Finally, examine the horn, lights, and alarm. Tune your ear while testing the truck for any abnormal noises.
How Long to Keep Forklift Inspection Records?
Normally, a record is kept for 12 months. Since the OSHA does not require that the daily forklift inspections be documented, on the duration of the truck's examination record retention is up to the employer's discretion.