An important part of our training program includes a pre use safety inspection of the forklift. Operators often forget or feel pressured to miss this key step to safety. But it is crucial that it gets done and done properly. If it’s not safe, don’t use it, tag it out and report it to your supervisor. Employers then need to get the equipment fixed before it is put back into service.
If you don’t have a checklist you can ask your forklift supplier, download one from WorkSafeBC, or ask Martin’s Forklift Training for a sample. A documented checklist ensures nothing is forgotten and proves it was done.