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Train Workers to Perform This 4-Step Forklift Walkaround Inspection

The first step toward safe forklift operation is conducting the preoperational inspection. Forklift operators should conduct the inspection at the start of each work shift to ensure that the forklift will work properly.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 1 in 15 forklift-related accidents are caused by improper maintenance. A thorough preoperational inspection will identify maintenance problems before they cause an accident.
Operators should follow your preoperational inspection checklist—not skipping any items—and then complete and sign the checklist.

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The preoperational inspection begins with a four-step walkaround:
First, the operator makes sure the forklift is properly disengaged with the forks down, the key turned off, and the forklift set in neutral with the parking brake on.
Second, the operator walks to either side of the forklift—checks the tires, making sure there are no gouges, tears, or imbedded metal, and that there is proper inflation; checks lug nuts; makes sure the axle is greased; checks the overhead guard, and sees that there is no debris lodged behind the mast.
Third, the operator checks the front of the forklift—the forks and hoses should be in good condition; fork pins should be in place; the backrest should be solid; and the mast and chains should be greased.
Fourth, the operator walks to the rear of the forklift—checks that the counterbalance bolt is tight, and the radiator is clear of debris and is not leaking.

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1 thought on “Train Workers to Perform This 4-Step Forklift Walkaround Inspection”

  1. It is very important to create the daily basis inspection, use the format to register and keep evidence of inspection performance, firstable for your safety and health, second to legal requirements comply. Remeber do not fail to do that

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