Forklift Safety Checklist

Giving each forklift a thorough inspection before every shift is essential not just for safety and warehouse efficiency, OSHA  (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) actually requires it under federal law.

This free, easy-to-use checklist is designed to help forklift operators and warehouse professionals breeze through the process, while keeping inspection data organized and documented in case OSHA pays a visit.

Forklift Safety Checklist

Benefits of downloading and using your free Forklift Safety Checklist:

  • Efficiency — Failure to inspect a forklift before each shift increases the odds that something you did not notice will cost you valuable downtime during the workday.
  • Liability — Because many employers hold forklift operators responsible for the equipment they use, skipping the inspection means you might fail to notice (and possibly get blamed for) damage that occurred during the previous shift.
  • Money — Part of your pre-shift checkup involves detecting small problems before they become larger, costly problems. Plus, some seemingly minor violations (no operator’s manual, incorrect or illegible data plate) can lead to a fine from OSHA.
  • Safety! — Even for the most experienced operators, lifting and moving heavy loads can be dangerous work. The inspection checklist greatly reduces the risk of serious injury.


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