There are safety and healthy guidelines governing the utilization of lift trucks. Any large equipment, like a lift truck, is potentially dangerous and must be used safely. The regulations and rules state that the driver needs to conduct daily checks on the lift truck and more thorough checks on a weekly basis and on a monthly basis. The following inspections must be done on the lift truck:
Lift Truck Brakes - the brakes are a really vital component of the forklift machines and therefore they should be double and tripled checked. A brake inspection is done with various pedal heights and pressures to determine the sensitivity of the brakes. The brake lights must be inspected at the same time.
The Tires - the tires are also essential to the safe performance of the truck and to the braking system. All the tires need to be correctly inspected to make sure that there are no punctures in the tires and they are inflated to the proper pressure.
Controller - In order to determine whether the system is in good working condition, the lift truck controller system has to be inspected by operating the forks and the release mechanism. Any sign of problems should be reported and tended to at once. The forklift should not be used until the controller system has been fixed.
Steering Wheel - the driver must inspect the lift truck steering wheel to make certain the turning of the wheel is right. Forklift safety depends upon the steering wheel working accurately and responding well. There are a variety of inspections that can be carried out to determine the performance of the steering wheel.
Engine Oil - the Removing the oil dip stick from the engine with help determine if the engine needs oil. The dipstick will show both the oil color and the level of the oil. The oil must be refilled if the level is very low. If the colour is off, there could be contamination happening.
Fire Extinguisher - forklifts are required by law to carry a fire extinguisher. This fire extinguisher would need to be tested to ensure it will function properly in the event of a fire. Different kinds of fire extinguisher need to be inspected in specific ways. For instance, a dry chemical extinguisher has to be shaken.