If you are using forklifts for hire, it’s important to carry out a thorough weekly inspection to make sure that they are ready to use safely. A forklift that isn’t working properly can be inefficient and dangerous to use. The safety of the operator and others working in the space should always be a priority for any business manager. A forklift inspection checklist may sound complicated, but all you need to do is examine these nine key elements, and then the forklift should be ready to use.
Take a close look at the tyres; they shouldn’t have any excess wear and damage to surfaces and walls. The wheels lugs and nuts should all be present and correct, and they need to be nice and tight. The tyres must be inflated to the correct pressure listed in the manual.
Any hoses, chains and other parts that can move must be checked for signs of wear or cracks. Every moving part should be lubricated, but this shouldn’t be excessive to the point of solidification. A nice light sheen of lubrication is ideal, and there should be no corrosion anywhere on the mast.
The forks must be straight, and in good general condition, there shouldn’t be any bends or cracks or signs of excess wear and tear. Check that the upper limit stops are in good condition, the fork pins must be present, and they need to be straight.
The Hydraulic System
Check the hydraulic cylinders; there should be no signs of damage or evidence of leaking. All of the fittings and hoses need to be secure, there should be no signs of damage, and again you need to be aware of leaks.
Check that all the lights are working correctly and if there are turn signals on the forklift they should be smooth and regular. Giving the lights a regular weekly cleaning is a good habit to develop.
The forklift battery should be inspected for any signs of surface damage and any signs of leaking. All of the terminals should have an appropriate cover, and the connections need to be tight.
The exact checks that you need to make will vary a great deal depending on your specific forklift model. However, every forklift should have the fluid reservoirs filled, and these should be free from leaks. Start up the engine, make sure that it’s running smoothly and check that there is no evidence of overheating.
The rear load rest extension should be fixed firmly in place; it needs to be straight and free from cracks.
All of the warning decals, load rating plates, operators manuals, and LPG compliance plates (if applicable) need to be present, and they must be in a readable state.
If you need an all terrain forklift hire for your business contact Access Hire and we will be happy to offer you some expert advice.